My Hero: Nelson Mandela By: Luke Bell

Nelson Mandela stood up for what he thought was right. He supported the idea of freedom and was against the unjust system of Apartheid. Apartheid is a system of segregation of race that was used in South Africa against African Americans.

Mandela was jailed for 27 years because of his so called illegal protests. He stood up against a government that was committing human rights abuses against black South Africans. He was released in 1990, and powerfully rose to become leader of African National Congress. He looked to steer his country toward a democratic future. The chances of this happening were slight with the Civil War ahead and a collapsing economy.

Mandela was believed to be born extraordinary. He faced many challenges and was exposed to a world that sided against him in many ways. Even with odds against him, Mandela always took a stand against things that were deemed unjust.

I think of Mandela as my hero for one main reason. The fact that he was jailed for 27 years and didn't give up on spreading his message of freedom is truly heroic. Most people, including myself, would have given up because of extreme doubts. Mandela could have just given up his fight and become the average citizen. Instead, he perservered for the next 23 years of his life by dedicating everything he had to give to African American freedom.

"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Nelson Mandela

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