Democracy and Free Society

English: Young Nelson Mandela. This photo date...

Young Nelson Mandela. This photo dates from 1937. Image source: http://www.anc.org.za/people/mandela/index.html (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
Mandela made this statement from the dock at the opening of his trial on charges of sabotage, Supreme court of South Africa, Pretoria, April 20 1964
Nelson Mandela,  imprisoned from 1964-1990
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