Monday, November 26, 2012

Nobel Speech Mandela

The nobel speechs were very inspirational. The part in the speech of "Nelson Mandela, The end of Apartheid" that caught my attention the most was page 630 paragraph eight. It says that "the children must, at last, play in the open veld, no longer tortured by the pangs of hunger or ravaged by disease or threatened with the scourage of ignorance, molestation and abuse, and no longer required to engage in deeds whose gravity exceeds the demands of their tender years." This part of the passage really caught my eye and stood out to me because just over break my grandma was talking to my cousins and I about how thankful we should be because growing up for her wasn't so easy. She had 12 brothers and sisters and some nights just as said in the pasasage she would go to bed hungry she grew up faced with many of the things that this passage had mentioned. My grandma gave us all an eye opener over break which will stick with me for years. After reading this passage it caught my eye the most and was easy for me to relate to, because of what I had just heard. This link that i have posted below is a great tool to use to view the life and the important things that occured during Mandelas life. I love how the site goes into great detail not only about his own life but also the life of his family memebers as well. It helps give the reader a more connection to this man not only as a phenomenal speech giver but also as a great connection to him as a man, father and husband. In my findings i found it was very interesting that in 2003 he lent his support to an AIDS fundraising organization then later in 2005 his own son Makgatho had died from the disease. I found this site to be interesting and important as well because it gives you information that some of us may have never known before until looking further into Mandela's life. This site also has a span from 1918 to 2005 which let alone gives us a lot of information. Some of the information is just interesting facts about him also. For example in 1992 he seperated from his wife Winnie because she was convicted of kidnapping and was also an accessory to assault. These are just some examples as to why i found this link to be a very informational guide to the life of Nelson Mandela.


  1. My dad had also grown up with 11 brothers and sisters. Things were so different back then, I am so thankful that my family is able to provide for me and that times have changed.

  2. I agree, I had the same passage, very powerful. I've always been told how lucky I am by my predecessors. I wish I could've glimpsed how they really lived their daily lives because it seems that no matter who you talk to in they are from a previous generation they tend to believe they had it harder. Not to say that they didn't, but I believe this generation has had plenty of struggles as well.


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