Nelson Mandela is part of the Remarkable People series from Weigl Educational Publishers.
Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa on May 10, 1994, after spending twenty-seven years in prison for his political activism. Even in prison, he was a powerful symbol of the anti-apartheid movement to both the black population of South Africa and within the international community. Over the years, Mandela was offered his freedom several times, providing that he renounced the use of violence, but he always refused, famously stating, “only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.”