by Kaylee Tate
Nelson Mandela was born on July 18 in Muezo, Transkei South Africa. His father was supposed to be the leader of his village but ended up losing his titles and fortune and could not lead. After a couple months his father died of lung disease and as Mandela got older he became involved in the African National Congress, a political party against racism in South Africa towards Black South Africans in 1944. Mandela and a couple of his friends also founded the African National Congress Youth league, which was opposed to the apartheid system that was ongoing in South Africa. The apartheid system was a system of racial segregation of Black Africans in South Africa. While Mandela was an active member of the African National Congress, he and many others, like the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., used methods of civil disobedience in order to bring light to the issue of segregation. While peacefully protesting against the apartheid, Mandela was arrested along with 8,500 others and was in jail for 27 years along with being tortured. Nelson Mandela was released from prison on February 11, 1990. Finally, the apartheid eventually became abolished in 1994 and he was elected South Africa’s first Black President from 1994-1999.
Although Nelson Mandela passed away three years ago his legacy and message still lives on. Nelson Mandela fought for most of his life for equality for the Black Africans in South Africa; he wanted them to be treated with the same fairness and respect that other Africans were being treated with. God asks us to do the same. He wants us to strive for equality and to love and respect everyone we come in contact with. God says in Matthew 2:39, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” He wants us to strive to treat everyone with the respect and love that we give to ourselves, remembering that no matter the skin color or background we are all children of God whom he loves very much. Knowing this we should accepting our differences and privileges to help each other, so we can treat everyone with the love God has for us.