Following World War II in 1948, the National Party of South Africa came to power.
One of the National Party’s most widely known acts of legislation is that of apartheid. Apartheid is a set of laws which separated black South Africans from the white South Africans. Black South Africans were subjected to horrible acts of discrimination as a result of the law.
In response to the discrimination perpetrated by the National Party, Nelson Mandela organized groups throughout South Africa to protest apartheid and seek the abolishment of the law. Although he was at first opposed to violence, Mandela organized a group which led sabotage missions against the National Party. Shortly thereafter he was arrested and sentenced to life in prison. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison which gave him adequate time for reflection, and was finally released during a period of civil turmoil in 1993. Mandela helped abolish apartheid and established multiracial elections in South Africa which started in 1994. Mandela was elected as President of South Africa in 1994 and served until 1995. He is widely known for his civil rights activism and philanthropy. Nelson Mandela passed away on December 5th, 2013. He left a great legacy of love and peace which is embodied in the following quote:
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
-Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
Discuss: What does this quote mean?
Discuss: Love begins at home. How can our family have greater love for each other?