(Augusta, GA) – Dr. George C. Bradley and the Paine College Community honor the legacy of human rights activist Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black President. Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013, at age 95.
“Nelson Mandela was truly a pillar of human rights for nearly five decades. During South Africa’s apartheid era, the College upheld a policy not to invest with companies and/or entities that did business with South Africa, set forth by our Board of Trustees,” stated Dr. Bradley. “His endeavors for equal human rights had certainly reached across the globe, including here in Augusta, Georgia and at Paine College”.
Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies.
Campus historian, Dr. Mallory Millender also shared his thoughts on Mandela’s legacy and what the world can learn from the activist, “It does not matter how humble or low your status is in life. If you strive for the right things, good will, and have love in your heart, anything can be achieved”.
In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to dismantle the country's apartheid system. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's first black president. In 2009, July 18th, was declared Mandela Day to promote global peace and celebrate the South African leader's legacy.
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Photo caption: Nelson Mandela, dies at the age of 95.