Nelson Mandela was raised as a Christian and is thought to have been a Methodist. He became the first black South African president on May 10, 1994, and served until June 14, 1999. Mandela served 27 years of a life sentence for his campaigns against apartheid.Continue Reading
Mandela was born Rolihlahla Mandela on July 18, 1918, in Mvezo. He belonged to the Madiba clan. When Mandela began school, he was given the name Nelson based on the custom to give all children names considered "Christian." While it is believed Mandela belonged to the Methodist church, many members of his family are Jehovah's Witnesses.
After leaving the presidency, Mandela focused on charity work and founded the Nelson Mandela Foundation. He died at the age of 95 on December 5, 2013.Learn more about Religion
Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95 on Dec. 5, 2013. He passed away at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was a tireless proponent of human and civil rights and was an active leader in the anti-apartheid movement in the 1920s.Full Answer >
Nelson Mandela grew up in his mother's household in the village of Qunu. Qunu is located about 20 miles south of Mvezo where Mandela was born in 1918.Full Answer >
As a native African living in South Africa under apartheid, the government system of imposed segregation in which non-native white residents of South Africa were treated as fundamentally superior to black natives, Nelson Mandela's initial cause was focused on bringing about the end of apartheid and systematic racial oppression in his home country. Apartheid came to an end in the 1990s, and in 1994, Mandela was elected as the first black chief executive of South Africa in the nation's first full, democratic election. When Mandela's presidential term ended in 1999, his focus shifted from issues within his own nation to general human rights issues across the globe.Full Answer >
Nelson Mandela is best known as South Africa's first elected president as well as for winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Prior to this, he was actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement and was incarcerated by the South African government for 27 years.Full Answer >