Nelson Mandela: In His Own Words

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Black Man in a White Court

The former president of South Africa and the former leader of the African National Congress  — the political party that helped break the shackles of apartheid in South Africa — and the first democratically-elected Black president of South Africa has died at age 95. In honor of his legacy,  BET.com looks at some of his more notable quotes.  —Britt Middleton

"It is fit and proper to raise the question sharply, what is this rigid color-bar in the administration of justice? Why is it that in this courtroom I face a white magistrate, am confronted by a white prosecutor, and escorted into the dock by a white orderly? Can anyone honestly and seriously suggest that in this type of atmosphere the scales of justice are evenly balanced?” —Nelson Mandela, in his first court statement on Oct. 28, 1962.

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