Before he was South Africa's first black chief executive, Nelson Mandela was the co-owner of the country's first African-run law firm, a wanted activist, and eventually, a prisoner. He resisted apartheid and inequality as a member of many organizations, including the African National Congress. Formerly a proponent of non-violent protest, he later accepted armed resistance as a viable path toward change. He was jailed for 27 years for resisting the government. Throughout that time, he remained a symbolic figure of hope for those oppressed by racism. Four years after his release in 1990, he was elected President of South Africa.
Nelson Mandela - Mini Biography
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During a break from college, Nelson Mandela ran away to Johannesburg to avoid a pre-arranged marriage. 00:46
In 1956, Nelson and 150 other activists were arrested for treason. 03:04
In 1994, Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa at the age of 75. 05:23