Against Racial Segregation: Nelson Mandela

Task: What do you know already about Nelson Mandela?

Task: Match the keywords to their definitions in the table below…

MandelaWhen you have a prejudice against someone because of where they are from
InspirationalA country in Africa
South AfricaWhen you admire or look up to someone
ApartheidA law that used to exist in South Africa which gave black and white people different rights.
RacismWhen a group of people or person is treated badly
OppressionMan who helped end apartheid in South Africa and became the President
EqualityWhen everyone is treated the same way

Apartheid was a system in place in South Africa that separated people based on their race and skin color. There were laws that forced white people and black people to live and work apart from each other. They lasted from 1948 until the early 1990’s. 

Nelson Mandela was South African leader who spent years in prison for opposing apartheid, the policy by which the races were separated and whites were given power over blacks in South Africa. Upon his release from prison, Mandela became the first president of a black-majority-ruled South Africa in which apartheid was officially ended. A symbol of hope for many, Mandela. Mandela and his government focused on throwing out the legacy of apartheid by ending racism, poverty, inequality, and on improving racial understanding in South Africa. 

Task: Watch the video and then answer the questions.

  1. Nelson Mandela famously stated: “When a man has done his duty to man and to his country” What did he mean by this?
  2. What was Nelson Mandela’s central goal?
  3. What is apartheid? 
  4. Why was Nelson Mandela arrested?
  5. What was the message of Mandela’s speech in court when he was arrested?
  6. What was prison like for Mandela?
  7. When was Mandela released from prison, and how was he involved in politics?
  8. What is Inauguration Day?
  9. How and why did Nelson Mandela use rugby to unite South Africa?
  10. How will Nelson Mandela be remembered?

“As violence in this country was inevitable, it would be wrong and unrealistic for African leaders to continue preaching peace and nonviolence at a time when the government met our peaceful demands with force.”

Nelson Mandela

When put on trial, Nelson Mandela admitted to many of the charges against him, including violent ones.

  1. What do you think this quote means?
  2. Given what we have learned, do you think violence is ever justifiable?

Task: Should Nelson Mandela be considered an Inspirational person?

I  think that Nelson Mandela should/should not be considered…

However, on the other hand, some people think…..because….

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