Five Journal Entries written in the voice of former president of South Africa; Nelson Mandela. Each covering a month. Details included and referenced to actual facts and events.

Essay by Ishynum846High School, 11th gradeA+, April 2002

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Dear Journal:

My friends and I had joined and have been a member of the African National Congress for a long time. Our non-stop mission is to remove apartheid. Since 1944, when I had just joined the antiapartheid organization ANC, we have been trying to talk with the government officials about the unfairness and the disadvantages of apartheid. Our non-violent mission to get rid of apartheid seems to go nowhere. The United Nations and the United States, too, is backing us up with our couple of hundred black colored folks. Since the government is mostly white dominated, they wouldn't listen to our concerns because removing apartheid would be a great disadvantage for them. Most factory or company owners are white. Removing apartheid would mean that they would have to pay the blacks and the colored folks the same money since right now white people get more paid than us.

This is just one of the many things the whites would suffer if an antiapartheid nation was formed. In the footsteps of Mohandas Gandhi we pursue a non-violent protest. "I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances." Clearly, one could draw the point on how miserable our lives were and under these circumstances you suffer greatly or stand up for your culture, stand up for your country and the meaning of our tribes. A changing world demands redefinition of old concepts. Africa, first step where humans took on this planet and we follow the biblical rules. "I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man."

Dear Journal: November 1962

This is my first night in prison. I do not write to you in shame since I believe...