Nelson Mandela Let freedom reign.
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”– Nelson Mandela
The whites in South Africa were determined to maintain their way of life, which to them meant maintaining power, in other words, the whites would continue to deny power to the majority Africans. Whites in South Africa -- of British and Dutch descent -- were roughly 20 percent of South Africa's population. Asians were roughly 2 percent. Blacks were about 70 percent, and those classified as coloreds (of mixed race) were about 8 percent.
•A revolutionary person is someone who was engaged in or promoting political rebellion for the good of the people. •And Nelson Mandela did just that himself. He led the African people of South Africa in their revolution against the apartheid, to transform the model of racial division. He is viewed as a revolutionary leader for his ability to empower and motivate others using his strong regard for harmony and the democratic process.
He led importantly in the ANC's 1952 Defiance Campaign and the 1955 Congress of the People, whose adoption of the Freedom Charter provided the fundamental basis of the anti-apartheid cause. Mandela and 150 others were arrested on 5 December 1956 and charged with treason. While in jail, his reputation grew and he became widely known as the most significant black leader in South Africa. On Feb. 2, 1990, President F.W. de Klerk lifted the ban on the A.N.C. and announced Mandela's imminent release.
Mandela had to win the support of his own followers. More difficult still was the process of allaying white fears. But the patience, the wisdom, the visionary quality Mandela brought to his struggle, and above all the moral integrity with which he set about to unify a divided people, resulted in the country's first democratic elections and his selection as President. He is revolutionary because despite how the Whites had treated him, when he got out of Jail and came into power he wanted tolerance and forgiveness from his people towards the whites. He wanted to end the cycle of racism. He found a cure to hate, which is something you don’t see everyday.He is a shining example of the incredible strength of the human spirit to persevere in the face of adversity for the pursuit of freedom.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela. And most importantly he didn’t give up, and that is what makes him revolutionary.