With freedom comes responsibilities,…

and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Transkei, South Africa. He became actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement and joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island for 18 of his 27 years in prison. As a black political prisoner, he received the lowest level of treatment.  However, he was able to earn a Bachelor of Law degree through a University of London correspondence program while incarcerated.  In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as the country’s first black president.Nelson Mandela. (2012). Biography.com. Retrieved 01:02, Sep 19, 2012 from http://www.biography.com/people/nelson-mandela-9397017