God Bless Nelson Mandela, a man that was one of my hero's growing up and to this day. He stood up for what was right in his country and though the government at the time was a controlled by the white minority who where almost NAZI like in their persecution of black citizens. Mr. Mandela risked death on a daily basis as he watched many of his compatriots die around him or being taken prisoner, meaning agony from torture and for some death in prison.
Nelson Mandela was eventually taken prisoner, and at times the South African government who realized his importance in the anti-apartheid movement and offered him deals for his freedom, deals though that required him to deny his belief in the anti-apartheid movement which he would not do and he stayed in prison.
Eventually of course the United States and other world powers boycotted all trade and diplomatic contact with the apartheid government of South Africa and it collapsed leading the way for Nelson Mandela to become the first black president of South Africa and the symbol for the world on equal rights.
I will be posting another entry on Nelson Mandela at a later time either here or on my history blog, watch for that!
10News - South Africa prepares to welcome world leaders for Mandela funeral, memorial services - 10News.com - US/World News