Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013) was a South African freedom fighter who became South Africa’s first democratically elected President (1994 to 1999). His leadership was fundamental in dismantling apartheid, and he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Before his presidency, Mandela was imprisoned for twenty-seven years (1962 to 1990) convicted of crimes such as leaving the country without a passport, and sabotage against the National Party government.

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Biography: Nelson Mandela4 stars

"Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, nonviolent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies." Visit to read the rest of this Mandela biography, to view the photo and video galleries, and peruse the quote collection.

CNN: Nelson Mandela5 stars

This CNN special edition is chock full of articles, videos, and photographs memorializing Mandela. Some unique clicks include The Pop Song that Helped Free Mandela, What America Learned From Him, Sports as Weapon Against Racism, and In Mandela's Own Words. "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

Nelson Mandela Foundation5 stars

Great content can be found in Life & Times of Nelson Mandela (including a biography, timeline, FAQ, and historical contexts) as well as under the menu items Multimedia Resources and Mini-Sites. Don't miss the cartoons of Len Sak (who used his talents to illustrate the changing political climate of South Africa in the early 1990's), the interactive timeline of Mandela's life, or the selected quotes from Mandela's By Himself book. "If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man."

PBS: The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela5 stars

Visit this PBS site to view the full-length, PBS movie The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela, as well as read interviews, letters Mandela sent from prison, and excerpts from two Mandela biographies. "During the 1950s Mandela was banned, arrested and imprisoned for challenging apartheid. He was one of the accused in the massive Treason Trial at the end of the decade and, following the 1960 banning of the ANC, he went underground, adopting a number of disguises--sometimes a laborer, other times a chauffeur." On the tech side, I could not watch the movie in Chrome, but had no problem with Firefox or Internet Explorer.

TIME for Kids: Nelson Mandela: 1918-20135 stars

The only of this week's sites written specifically for kids, TIME for Kids presents a short Mandela biography, and a slideshow about his life. "Mandela stepped down as president in 1999. That same year, he created the Nelson Mandela's Children Fund, a charity that helps poor South African children. ‘Children are the wealth of our country,' he said in an interview with TFK in 2002. ‘They must be given love.'"

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

17 Awesome and Inspiring Facts About Nelson Mandela

Ducksters: Nelson Mandela

Mandela Day

TIME: Remembering an Icon of Freedom

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Feldman, Barbara. "Nelson Mandela." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 8 Jul. 2014. Web. 29 Aug. 2015. < >.

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