What was the "Glory and Hope" speech by Nelson Mandela?


Quick Answer

When Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as President of South Africa on May 11, 1994 he made his historic "Glory and Hope" speech. The speech was so-named because of the opening line.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

Mandela's speech began, "Today, all of us do, by our presence here, and by our celebrations in other parts of our country and the world, confer glory and hope to newborn liberty." Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years before being the first democratically elected black president in South African history. Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, jointly with Frederik Willem de Klerk, "for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa." He died in Johannesburg on Dec. 5, 2013.

Learn more about Public Speaking

Related Questions