10 Reasons Mandela Was One of the World's Greatest Liberators

10 Reasons Mandela Was One of the World's Greatest Liberators

10 Reasons Mandela Was One of the World's Greatest Liberators

Throughout his entire life, there were two things Madiba never gave up on: justice and equality!

Published February 1, 2017

  1. Understanding
    Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie attend a concert at Wembley Stadium to celebrate his release from prison, 16th April 1990. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)

    Nelson Mandela always understood the true meaning of justice and its reflection in society. His purpose in the ANC was not to overthrow the government, but to change its ideas on human rights and equality for people of all colors in South Africa.

     

  2. STRATEGY
    DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 13: Nelson Mandela speaks to the media after a speech April 13, 1994 in Durban, South Africa. The pre-election rally was just weeks before the historic democratic election on April 27, 1994 that Mr. Mandela won. Mr. Mandela became the first black democratic elected president in South Africa. He retired from office after one term in June 1999. (Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images)

    He was truly a leader amongst his peers. He saw a problem and strategically planned out ways to resolve the issues despite injustices toward him as an individual.

     

  3. PATIENCE
    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 8: Former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa speaks to visitors on March 8, 1999 in his residence in Houghton, a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa. The ANC freedom fighter was in prison for 27 years and released in 1990. He became President of South Africa after the first multiracial democratic elections in April 1994. Mr. Mandela retired after one term in 1999 and gave leadership to the current president Mr. Thabo Mbeki. (Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images)

    His patience was like none other. While many people did not understand his kindness toward government officials, he knew that was what would create a sense of understanding between what many believed to be enemies.

     

  4. CARE
    383912 18: Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa on April 21, 1994 at a pre-election rally in Durban days before the historic democratic election on April 27, 1994 in South Africa. Mr Mandela became the first black democratic elected president in South Africa. He retired from office after one term in June 1999. (Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson/Liaison Agency)
    (Photo: Per-Anders Pettersson/Liaison Agency)

    He established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It was a safe haven for victims of apartheid. At the Commission, these people would be able to share their experiences and learn from one another.

     

  5. PRESIDENTIAL EFFORT
    Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela hugs, on October 4, 1990, a young Sowetan girl as he visits the black township of Soweto (South Western Township) near Johannesburg.        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
    (Photo: ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

    When Mandela became the president of South Africa, he understood the need for improvement within the country. He invested money from budgeting into better sewer systems for low income areas and housing for the disadvantaged.

     

  6. SAGE
    CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA:  African National Congress President Nelson Mandela shown in a file photo dated 12 February 1990 posing for photographers during a photo session after his first press conference in Cape Town. (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)
    (Photo: WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

    As a politician and individual, he saw the bigger picture. He may not have had much time for his family during his early years with the ANC, but his end goal was for all of South Africa to share his beliefs in equality.

     

  7. LOYALTY
    MMABATHO, SOUTH AFRICA:  South African National Congress (ANC) President Nelson Mandela gives 15 March 1994 in Mmabatho a clenched fist to supporters upon his arrival for his first election rally for 27 April general elections. (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)
    (Photo: WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

    He didn’t become a traitor and stood true to his beliefs. Throughout his lifetime, Mandela encountered many bribes to stop the ANC’s original plan to reform the government, but he didn't budge.

     

  8. poise
    Former South African President Nelson Mandela, dressed in traditional Shembe clothes, greets 30 000 followers, 06 July 2000, of the Shembe Nazarite Church at Inanda some 45 kilometres from Durban.        (Photo credit should read RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images)
    (Photo: RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images)

    Mandela kept his grace throughout his lifetime. He experienced a lot of controversy and traumatic experiences but did not let that affect the type of humble person he was.

     

  9. ENTHUSIASM
    Nelson Mandela (center) campaigns during the first democratic election, Cape Town, South Africa, 1995. (Photo by Susan Winters Cook/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Susan Winters Cook/Getty Images)

    He instilled the best in people. The positive energy that Nelson Mandela possessed is something that resonated with many people and was a contagious characteristic of his personality.

     

  10. SELF-AWARENESS
    Still from the miniseries, "Madiba" -  Laurence Fishburne. (Photo: Marcos Cruz)
    (Photo: Marcos Cruz)

    As many great leaders do, Nelson Mandela was one to recognize when he was wrong. As seen in the series MADIBA, there are times when he looked back on his actions and apologized for them.

Written by BET Staff

(Photo from top: WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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