Before it became a sovereign nation in 1961, South Africa was held under British rule. In 1948, the policy of apartheid, segregation based on race with the white minority ruling, became official and did not end until 1991. Nelson Mandela was one of South Africa's great leaders in the fight against apartheid. Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918.
MY HERO recommends students read these two essays about Nelson Mandela, written by other great men who share why Nelson Mandela has been an inspiration in their lives.
Raffi Cavoukian, or Raffi, as he is known to millions, writes award-winning songs about the ecological web. Read his hero essay on Nelson Mandela.
Paul Rusesabagina saved hundreds of lives during the Rwandan genocide. Read his essay on his heroes: his father (Rupfure Thomas) and Nelson Mandela.
The following stories include audio links that allow students to read and listen to the story. Great for ESL students.
Muhammad Ali was a legend in the boxing ring and a hero to millions. Read his essay on his hero, Nelson Mandela, who fought apartheid.
"Mandela is one of the world's true freedom fighters, and his life and personal triumphs will be remembered long after the world has forgotten the evils of Apartheid."
MY HERO recommends watching this film about Amy Eldon Turteltaub's visit to South Africa's notorious prison on Robben Island with anti-apartheid crusader Ahmed Kathrada, who was confined with Nelson Mandela for 27 years.
Amy Eldon Turteltaub visited South Africa's notorious prison on Robben Island. (5:07 minutes)
2. Nelson Mandela demonstrated perseverance as he fought for equal rights and the end of apartheid. Who do you know working for social justice? Share their story with MY HERO.
3. What can you do to ensure that the members of your community are treated fairly? Create an action plan and share your story with MY HERO.
Analyze these pieces of art honoring Nelson Mandela. Pay close attention to the words each artist included. Who is your hero? Create a piece of art honoring your hero that includes words or a quote. Submit your artwork to MY HERO.
Students will develop critical thinking skills as they investigate areas of the world where people do not have equal rights based on their gender, race, or sexual orientation. Students are encouraged to create a social justice action plan.
Teachers: Visit MY HERO for additional curated multimedia resources honoring Nelson Mandela.
The Nelson Mandela lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
Related MY HERO Pages
Face of Unity is a definitive documentary honoring Nelson Mandela. (2:26 minutes)
Celebrating the incredible life and passion of this devoted world leader who stands for peace (4:34 minutes)
Learn About a New Hero Every Day of the Year: Use the MY HERO Calendar in the Classroom
Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
Organizer created on 6/27/2019 8:33:53 AM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 1/7/2021 1:29:30 PM by Laura Nietzer