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Nelson Mandela and Steven Biko are the two most important and influential people in South Africas long and harsh battle for racial justice Mandela born almost 30 years before Biko spent a lifetime fighting for the freedom of blacks in South Africa for 25 years as a political prisoner Through his struggles he came to embody the struggle South African blacks were going through against government enforced discrimination Through his courage of 25 years of imprisonment he drew the worlds attention to the unfair and unjust policies that the South African government was enforcing Steven Biko while in his twenties became a hero to black South Africans He called upon his fellow brothers to dissociate themselves from whites and to form a political movement that would embody their beliefs based on racial pride and dignity He believed that fellow black South Africans needed to realize and raise their racial consciousness before significant changes would take place in their homeland The Republic of South Africa Together Nelson Mandela and Steven Biko formed an incredible tandem a pair that overcame apartheid and changed Africa forever Nelson Dalibhunga Rolihlahla Mandela was born on July 18 1918 at Mvezo a tiny village on the banks of the Mbashe River in the district of Umtata the capital village of the TranskeiMeer 114 He was the son of Henry Gadla Mphakanyiswa a Tembu tribal chief and his third wife Nosekeni Fanny Mandela114 During his childhood like most other children his age he and his siblings had certain duties consisting of herding cattle and sheep and ploughing One night in 1927 Henry Mandela became very Ill He had some sort of lung problem and was coughing profusely At this point Nelson could tell that his father was not long for this worldMandela 13 Henry Mandela died that night and Nelson was taken by his mother to a destination unknown to him Young Henry would start his journey to his new
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