Three Speeches that changed our world

(1) 1964

Nelson Mandela’s vision and conviction

00/04/1986. Archives: Nelson Mandela

The Rivonia Trial

“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.”

armed struggle

(2) 1994

Madiba’s celebration and lasting wish

His inauguration –

” Today, all of us do, by our presence here…confer glory and hope to newborn liberty. Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud. We who were outlaws not so long ago, have today been given the rare privilege to be host to the nations of the world on our own soil. We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation, We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.

Nelson Mandela Sworn in as Democratic President

Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement.

Let freedom reign.

God Bless Africa!”

(3) 1994

Nelson Rolihlahla’s reminder to us all

The president’s speech during the opening of South Africa’s first democratic parliament –

“The child is not dead
the child raises his fists against his mother
who screams Africa screams the smell
of freedom and heather
in the locations of the heart under siege

The child raises his fists against his father
in the march of the generations
who scream Africa scream the smell
of justice and blood
in the streets of his armed pride

The child is not dead

dolphin bay

neither at Langa nor at Nyanga

nor at Orlando nor at Sharpeville
nor at the police station in Philippi
where he lies with a bullet in his head

The child is the shadow of the soldiers
on guard with guns saracens and batons
the child is present at all meetings and legislations
the child peeps through the windows of houses and into the
hearts of mothers
the child who just wanted to play in the sun at Nyanga is
everywhere
the child who became a man treks through all of Africa
the child who became a giant travels through the whole world

palestine remembers mandela

Without a pass”

– Let us never forget –

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