Nelson Mandela


Nelson Mandela was a son of a tribal chief. Nelson was a lawyer and
worked tire-lessly to free his people. Nelson has been in jail for twenty-six
years. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandla was born on July 18, 1918 at Transku area of
South Africa.

Nelson Mandela gave a speech Sestember 21, 1953. The quotation was adapted
from an article by Jawaharlal Nehru:

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to
pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach
the mountainouss of our desires.

Growing Up

Nelson had a tribal name Rolihlahla. Rolihlahla means one who brings
trouble on his self.

He grew up in Transku territy of South Africa. Qunu, the valleyhe grew p
in, is surrounded by hills that are covered with grass. Nelson was the youngest
out of four kids. He had three sisters and none brothers. He looked after the
cattle and sheep. He would help plow the field when it was time and helped his
farther do chores. When the chores were done he would hunt, play soccer, or
fight with sticks. He would listen to elders talk about African history.

Nelson's farther was the chief couselor to the Paramount chief of the
tribe The Trrembu. His great grand-farther had been king of the same tribe
years ago.

The farther of Nelson Mandela died when Nelson was twelve. Nelson went to
his uncles home when his ferther died where he got good education. His uncle
and his wife