Popular Chicago Nissan Dealer Remembers the Life of Nelson Mandela

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Throughout both his tenure as a freedom fighter against apartheid and South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela quickly became the face of racial equality and human rights during a time of utter chaos and oppression. With his passing, the world lost a great man whose shoes may never be filled in our lifetime.

We here at Kelly Nissan, one of your leading Chicago Nissan dealers, were deeply saddened to hear of Nelson Mandela’s passing on December 5th of this year. With his death, we can look back over his achievements and contributions during his life that shaped the man we would come to know, known affectionately amongst his fellow South Africans by his Xhosa tribe name, Mandiba.

Nelson Mandela was born Rolihlahla Mandela on July 18th, 1919 in the small village of Mvezo in Umtatu, which at the time was a small part of South Africa’s Cape Province. As a young boy, Mandela spent time herding cattle and playing with other young children in his village until his mother, a devout Christian, sent him to a Methodist school around the age of 7 where his teacher gave him the English name Nelson and began his journey towards achieving a higher education, an invaluable tool for what was to come later.

Nelson Mandela: The Man Behind South Africa’s Freedom

Nelson MandelaAfter obtaining his law degree at the University of Witwatersrand where he was the only native African student, Mandela quickly rose up the ranks in the African National Congress (ANC), eventually landing the position of National Executive in 1950. Through a serious of events, including a number of protests, arrests, marches, and anti-apartheid campaigns, eventually Mandela was arrested in 1962 and tried along side a number of other activists in 1964 and charged with four counts of sabotage and conspiracy to violently overthrow the government. Mandela and his comrades admitted to the sabotage but denied the charges of attempting to violently stage a coupe, resulting in a sentence of life imprisonment.

In 1989, South African president F.W. de Klerk began to acknowledge the fact that apartheid was an unsustainable system and began to free ANC prisoners, with the exception of Mandela, who was later released on February 2nd, 1990. Upon his release, Mandela embarked on a tour of Africa, meeting with dignitaries in an effort to work towards ending apartheid, eventually opening the door to democratic multi-racial presidential elections, which would result in Mandela serving as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

Even after Mandela resigned from politics in 1999, he continued to contribute to philanthropies and various community projects up until his death in December. Truly a great man dedicated to helping his fellow man, we here at Kelly Nissan are truly saddened by his loss, and encourage all our Chicago Nissan shopper to take a moment to reflect on his contributions to not only South Africa but the world as a whole.

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Popular Chicago Nissan Dealer Remembers the Life of Nelson Mandela