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Baldwin Wallace University Common Read


Nelson Mandela is one of the most influential men in the world. Mandela stood firmly as a public leader of the anti-apartheid movement. In 1962, he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government and was sentenced to life in prison. An international campaign ensued and in 1990 he was released. In 1994 he was appointed as the first black president of South Africa.

Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia

Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on May 13, 1990

Williams, Michael W. “Nelson Mandela.” Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia, 2018. EBSCOhost, 


Nelson Mandela

President of South Africa (1994–1999) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

  • Date of birth: July 18, 1918
  • Place of birth: Mvezo, South Africa
  • Died: December 5, 2013
  • Place of death: Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nelson Mandela dedicated his life to the struggle to end racial segregation and white minority rule under the apartheid system in South Africa. His contribution to the political education, mobilization, and organization of millions of people against apartheid remains unparalleled. In the 1990s, the South African government moved to abolish apartheid, and Mandela was elected the nation's first black president in 1994.

Nelson Mandela (Films on Demand)

Nelson Mandela: The Freedom Fighter

Image from film Nelson Mandela: The Freedom Fighter

All Baldwin Wallace students, faculty, and staff have access to content in Films on Demand. Use the images above and below to access the films.

Great Speeches: Barack Obama Eulogy for Nelson Mandela 2013

Image from film of Barak Obama delivering Nelson Mandela Eulogy