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What does it take to be a hero After being in prison for nearly 30 years then becoming the President of South Africa Nelson Mandela became a hero to many people around the world Through a strong inspiring career Mandela is one of the most powerful and influential men in South African history Mandela wasnt a hero from day one He was born on the 18th of July in 1918 Born in Transkei South Africa Mandela was the son of Henry Mandela His father was a Xhosa chief in Transkei Bio Com 1 Mandelas father gave him the tribal name Rolihlahla which means one who brings trouble upon himself This was given to him describing the hard life which he had when he was a young man In Mandelas later teen years he gave up his right to be a high-ranked person in his tribe to attend college He attended the University of Fort Hare in 1940 Mandela became a political activist and was expelled later that year for leading a strike SRC 2 He later on would attend Witwatersrand University where he would major in law Bio Com 1 Mandelas career was a challenging one After graduating at Witwatersrand University Mandela set up a law practice in Johannesburg Bio Com 1 Mandela then joined the African National Congress at the age of twenty-four This group fought for the social and political rights for blacks in South Africa A few years later Mandela and some friends formed a sub-group called the Congress Youth League This group was aimed at having non-violent demonstrations and protesting black rights These groups were frustrated because the country they lived in was ruled by whites and the blacks were discriminated against In 1952 after a protest Mandela was beaten and placed in jail for nine months for going against the South African government SRC 3 Between 1956 and 1961 he was accused of treason but was later acquitted of charges
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