How much do you really know about South Africa and Nelson Mandela? Most folks who read newspapers or are on social media a lot know that Mandela died this year, and that he was involved in the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa, but at least in Colorado African histories are not at the top of our public school priorities. There is a lot of back-story to understanding the world Nelson Mandela was born into, so once you finish this book, you may find yourself looking up more books on South Africa. Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom is a great place to start or a great new perspective if you know a bit of the history of this area already.
Nelson Mandela started out as a member of a royal family in one of the African nations that existed alongside the Afrikaans South African population. He was well educated and would have been destined to be the king’s advisor had he not become a lawyer at just the right time to be drawn in to the growing civil rights movement that began the fight against apartheid. He was an active member of the movement for years, but spent more years in prison than he spent as an activist prior to his incarceration. His story shows a very interesting side of South African history, and provides a great perspective for folks in similar rights struggles now.