Was an anti-apartheid and political activist from South Africa and was the first president of South Africa for 5 years. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for fighting against institutionalize racism in South Africa.  

Reading Materials

Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years

Summary: A sequel to the best-selling Long Walk to Freedom completes the Nobel Prize Laureate’s unfinished memoirs and is complemented by notes and speeches written by Mandela during his historic presidency.

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

Summary: This book was published in 1994 and portrays Nelson Mandela’s autobiography from the day he was born, to the date of his inauguration as president of South Africa in 1994. All these 76 years are described on the basis of his memoirs, reminiscent of important events with incredible wealth of details.

Knowing Mandela: My Years as an Eyewitness to History by John Carlin

Summary: Draws on conversations with Mandela and interviews with those closest to him to provide an account of the challenges the statesman faced and the triumphs he achieved during South Africa’s post-apartheid years.

Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from My Grandfather, Nelson Mandela by Ndaba Mandela

Summary: An intimate look at one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known… through the eyes of a child whose life he changed forever. To the rest of the world, Nelson Mandela was a giant: an anti-apartheid revolutionary, a world-renowned humanitarian, and South Africa’s first black president. To Ndaba Mandela, he was simply ‘Granddad.’

Mandela: An Illustrated Autobiography

Summary: A collection of her speeches and writings which address the political and social changes of the past decade as they are concerned with the struggle for racial, sexual, and economic equality.

Grandad Mandela

Summary: Nelson Mandela’s two great-grandchildren ask their grandmother, Mandela’s youngest daughter, 15 questions about their grandad — the global icon of peace and forgiveness who spent 27 years in prison. They learn that he was a freedom fighter who put down his weapons for the sake of peace, and who then became the President of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize-winner, and realize that they can continue his legacy in the world today.

Who Was Nelson Mandela

Summary: Describes the life of the South African president and revolutionary, from his childhood and his work as a peaceful protestor to his twenty-seven-year imprisonment, his election as president, and his work to end apartheid in South Africa.


Winnie Mandela (2013)

Summary: Moving from a remote village to the metropolis of Johannesburg, South Africa, a proud young Winnie soon found love with a rising political star, Nelson Mandela. When Nelson was imprisoned for protesting the brutal Apartheid government, Winnie worked tirelessly to win his freedom and to carry on his message of peace and equality. Her struggle was rewarded by years of persecution and imprisonment. Throughout, her resolve to fight for her freedom, her family and her country never wavered.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2014)

Summary: Based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, it chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society.

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