On this day, 102 years ago, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the first black president of South Africa was born. But before he became president, he was an iconic human rights advocate and leader who fought vehemently against apartheid and the clenches of racism and xenophobia in South Africa.
His fight resulted in him being locked up in prison for 27 years and his wife, Winnie Mandela, being exiled for years on end. His family was split apart but his resistance grew even stronger, inspiring millions of people and a generation passionate about freedom and meaningful change. Nelson Mandela Quotes. Mandela Day.
In 2009, the United Nations declared Mandela Day an official day to celebrate his Manu strengths and achievements as well as an official day to encourage everyone to commit to change in their own way.