Essay on Nelson Mandel Changing South Africa One Step At A Time
English 3, Period 5
November 5, 2014
Nelson Mandela: Changing South Africa One Step At A Time
By Shayla Boyd
Martin Luther King Jr, one of the great leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, once said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere ”(King). Dr. King was not only concerned with unfair treatment of blacks in a particular place, but the injustice they faced everywhere. Nelson Mandela would agree with this because he not only fought for oppressed South Africans, but Africans everywhere who experienced the same thing. The history of South Africa has gone from complex and tragic to inspirational with the help of one man. A majority of the South African government was ruled by whites, who practiced apartheid towards citizens, particularly black ones. Mandela sought to create equality amongst his fellow black and white South Africans. Nelson Mandela taught South Africans to challenge apartheid in a peaceful way, which ultimately led to the first Constitutional order in 1994.
For centuries, South Africans experienced a policy of or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race, known as apartheid. Apartheid not only took a toll on black South African social standings, but it greatly affected their economic stand point as well. In 1922, the Nationalist party combined with the heavily Communist supported Labour Party. Their slogan was, “Workers of the world unite for white South Africa”(Sparks 135). The party completely…