Who is Mr. Nelson Mandela

NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA (July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013) is known around the world for his fight for freedom and democracy in South Africa. He spent 67 years as an activist, including 27 years in prison, 18 years on Robben Island. In 1985 he was offered a conditional release from prison, but he refused it as an act of solidarity with thousands of others fighting South Africa’s racist apartheid system. Nelson Mandela was released on 11 February 1990 and became the first president in an election where all South Africans voted. After he retired in 2004 he continued to fight for children’s rights and education. Mr. Mandela received more than 100 awards for his courage and commitment to freedom, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. On his birthday each year, a day now called Mandela Day, people often celebrate his legacy by participating in 67 minutes of service to others.


  • Why was Nelson Mandela put in prison?
  • Have you experienced, witnessed, or heard of someone or a group of people who were being treated unfairly?
  • Following the spirit of Mandela, what steps could you take to have a positive impact in this area?
  • What could you do for 67 minutes of service to make a positive impact in your local and/or global community?