A Celebration of Nelson Mandela

His life, his work and his accomplishments

Nelson Mandela
Credit: South Africa The Good News [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

View these short films featuring the remarkable work of Nelson Mandela

Face of Unity Trailer

Producer: Dir: Adam Radly

Face Of Unity is the definitive Nelson Mandela documentary feature. It includes a never before seen speech outlining the groundwork for peace and reconciliation. 

Mandela Day Pledge

Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

This video is a tribute to Nelson Mandela and inspires viewers to take the Mandela Day Pledge.

Mandela Music Video

Produced by:Marcel Henderson
Celebrating the incredible life and passion of this devoted world leader who stands for peace.

"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. ” - Nelson Mandela




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A Hero's Hero

Nelson Mandela

By: Raffi

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.

Nelson Mandela

By: Muhammad Ali

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.

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Nelson Mandela

By: Jeff Trussell

Imagine growing up in a country where drinking out of the wrong water fountain might get you thrown into jail; where a man might have the very same job as his neighbor, but because of the color of his skin, get paid less in a year than the other man made in a week; where the government told you that your ancestors and their ways of living were wrong and savage and not even human.

Mandela won the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. In his acceptance speech, he said: "We stand here today as nothing more than a representative of the millions of our people who dared to rise up against a social operation whose very essence is war, violence, racism, oppression, repression and the impoverishment of an entire people."


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Nelson Mandela is celebrated as a leader and a peacemaker in art from around the globe

The use of his Nelson Mandela's image inspires art with a message of peace, protest, and resilience. 

Portrait of South African peacemaker Nelson Mandela by Ben Heine

Nelson Mandela-Freedom, Peace by Ben heine
Credit: Ben Heine

Nelson Mandela-Hero for Generations by D Basasira

By: David Basasira
Uncorruptable: In his fight for equality among races in South Africa, Nelson Mandela is a Hero for Generations

Mandela at Large

By: Michael Mahue Moore

I was inspired to do this piece when Mr. Mandela was released from prison. I create very large images and I just wanted to capture the years of patience and mental anguish that had to have attached themselves to the character of this man. 

Helen Suzman

By: Hayden, BlackMichel, Bells
Helen Suzman, a white leader in overcoming apartheid, layered over Nelson Mandela, the most important black leader in overcoming apartheid, together, these two help end the plague of suffering over Africa.


Fight Against Apartheid

By: Justice Antley-Bond

This is a picture of Nelson Mandela's hand made into a fist raised into the air. It symbolizes that he is against apartheid and we must rid the world of it.

An Inspiration

By: Scott So

This shows Nelson Mandela's happiness and victory poses on the left and right. His happiness with the FIFA trophy in the middle and the apartheid in the background in black and white to represent that it's in he past and how Mr. Mandela conquered it.

Nelson Mandela

By: Cole Halbert of Toronto, Canada

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Ronald V. Dellums

By: Piper Dellums from Idyllwild

Congressman Ron Dellums fought for 17 years to end apartheid. He helped pave the way for Nelson Mandela to become the first black president of South Africa.

Global Tribe Visit to Robben Island

Producer: Kathy Eldon<br>Tom McMahon<br>Co-producer Amy Eldon

Amy Eldon Turteltaub visited South Africa's notorious prison on Robben Island with anti-apartheid crusader Ahmed Kathrada, who was confined with Nelson Mandela for 27 years.

Nobelity: Desmond Tutu

Produced by:Turk Pipkin
Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, who won the Peace Prize in 1984, shares his inspiration with us.

Highlights from My Hero's Nelson Mandela Day Event

In 2013 the MY HERO Project and Creative Visions Foundation produced a special event honoring Mandela on his 95th birthday.

Special thanks to New Roads School and New Visions Foundation for their support for this program. In honor of Mandela's Birthday friends, artists, filmmakers and musicians joined together to honor this great leader.

Below are clips from that event and stories and art and films shared on MY HERO in honor of Nelson Mandela.

Piper Dellums speaks at MY HERO Nelson Mandela Day event

Producer: The MY HERO Project
She recounts the story of having a white South African foreign exchange student come to live with her Black family during apartheid.

Mandela Day Pledge

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Mandela: From the Life of the South African Statesman

By: Floyd Cooper
FROM THE PUBLISHER Nelson Mandela is adm...

Nelson Mandela''s Favorite African Folktales

By: Nelson Mandela
A cause for celebration, and a landmark work that...

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

By: Nelson Mandela
From the Publisher These are riveting...

Mandela: An Audio History (CD)

By: Produced by Joe Richman and Sue Johnson (Radio Diaries)
Originally broadcast on NPR's All Things Consider...

Our Curators


Newswire stories curated by MY HERO Newswire director Betty Bailey. 


Short films curated by MY HERO International Film Festival director Wendy Milette


Hero Stories curated by MY HERO General Editors Deborah Neff and Abi Richardson. 


Audio curated by MY HERO Audio director Stu Pearlman. 

Organizer created on 7/17/2013 6:07:07 PM by Jun Kelly

Last edited 7/25/2022 12:43:20 PM by Abigail Richardson