Nelson Mandela: "I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities"

posted 6 Dec 2013, 01:40 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 6 Dec 2013, 01:43 ]
"I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

- Nelson Mandela, who has died on 5 December 2013 aged 95, speaking in his address to the sabotage trial in 1964 [Source: Fergal Keane, 'Obituary: Nelson Mandela', BBC, 5 December 2013]

Photo: Wikipedia: Nelson Mandela on the eve of his 90th birthday in Johannesburg in 2008

From Wikipedia: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Xhosa pronunciation: [xoˈliːɬaɬa manˈdeːla]) (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who was imprisoned and then became a politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
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