February 11, 2013

smithsonianmag:

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: On February 11, 1990, after 27 years in prison, anti-Apartheid activist, lawyer, political leader and counter-terrorist freedom fighter Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released from prison.

After being convicted of sabotage in 1964, Mandela was sentenced to life in prison and spent 18 years in the brutal and infamous prison known as ‘Robben Island’, a few miles of the coast of Cape Town, along with the likes of Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki (father of former president Thabo Mbeki), John Nyathi Pokela, Tokyo Sexwale, Robert Sobukwe and current president of South Africa Jacob Zuma.

In 1989, F.W. De Klerk became South African president and as part of the road to ending Apartheid, he lifted the ban on the ANC, suspended executions, and ordered the release of Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners.

In 1993, Mandela and De Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and in 1994, after a successful campaign as leader of the ANC, Mandela was became the first democratically elected president of South Africa, as well as the country’s first ever black president.

(Source: dynamicafrica, via smithsonianmag)

  1. primarchs-propsero reblogged this from dynamicafrica
  2. klongboy reblogged this from smithsonianmag and added:
    (via TumbleOn)
  3. moongak reblogged this from dynamicafrica
  4. ulaimba reblogged this from pensandpages
  5. censoredyetburning reblogged this from dynamicafrica and added:
    Hes in my prayers
  6. markbulmer reblogged this from markbulmer
  7. redlipsandsandwiches reblogged this from dynamicafrica
  8. intent2distribute reblogged this from 20thcenturypix
  9. 20thcenturypix reblogged this from icphoto and added:
    1990
  10. singingnole reblogged this from soulbrotherv2
  11. hjwilliam reblogged this from soulbrotherv2
  12. supahmanlovah reblogged this from soulbrotherv2
  13. tymethiefslongerthoughts reblogged this from soulbrotherv2
  14. fistoutnup reblogged this from soulbrotherv2
  15. epidemicofgrandeur reblogged this from soulbrotherv2
  16. marsversusearth reblogged this from soulbrotherv2
  17. stuck-like-this reblogged this from soulbrotherv2
  18. shepardofpeace reblogged this from soulbrotherv2
  19. thugbros reblogged this from soulbrotherv2
  20. suchanacquiredtaste reblogged this from soulbrotherv2
  21. everythingsbetterwithbisexuals reblogged this from soulbrotherv2
  22. cooocoocachoo reblogged this from soulbrotherv2
  23. undergroundkang reblogged this from soulbrotherv2
  24. soulbrotherv2 reblogged this from moyondafoluwa
  25. loysanloy reblogged this from indiedrone
  26. itest1 reblogged this from itest2
  27. itest2 reblogged this from dynamicafrica
  28. ksofreshh reblogged this from pbsthisdayinhistory