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Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s president (1994)

Nelson Mandela became South Africa's president (1994)

In South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was sworn in as the first Black president of South Africa. In his inaugural address, Mandela, who spent 27 years of his life as a political prisoner of the South African government, declared that “the time for the healing of the wounds has come.” Two weeks earlier, more than 22 million South Africans had turned out to cast ballots in the country’s first-ever multiracial parliamentary elections.

Activity Ideas:

  • Print out and enjoy our Nelson Mandela activity book – here
  • Watch the United Nation’s Nelson Mandela Life Story and discuss – here
  • Watch some of Nelson Mandela’s speeches at the United Nations – here
  • And take our Guess the Famous Speech Quiz to test your knowledge – here