The speeches were very inspiring, but one passage that really stood out to me was the very first paragraph of Nelson Mandela's speech. It states "Because of their courage and persistence for many years, we can, today, even set the dates when all humanity will join together to celebrate one of the outstanding human victories of our century." This is a very inspiring passage which can be thought of with everyday victories. Such as a homeless person getting what they need to survive, or a child getting a present under the tree of Christmas day. It is something worth celebrating. Here is a link to some research I found: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transkei#Notable_persons There is a section of the article that talks about Transkei's government which I found very interesting. Also a part of it states when Transkei was trying to become independent and they were denied. How could somebody denie a country's independence!
China overthrew the Tibet government which caused many people to protest. When the 13th Dalai Lama died many poeple cause an upheaval until a new religious leader was found. they found the 14th Dalai Lama in 1937 when he was just a young boy. When he said his vows as a Dalai Lama. After eight years of being ruled by China the Dalai Lama went into exile in India. Hundreds of people followed him into exile, which increased to hundreds of thousands of people who decided to follow. The Chinese army was closing in on political Tibet which caused the people to pressure the government into transfering all its power to the Dalai Lama, he was forced to except this resposibility. As the years went on the tensions between China and Tibet grew into violence. Many died from local officials and other protesters.
This is a picture of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. He and many of his followers went into exile in India and was eventually given governmental powers.