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Friday, August 5, 2022

Mandela, commander of the militant wing of the African National Congress (ANC), was arrested in 1962 and sentenced to 5 years in prison for inciting a strike. The following year, he and other ANC leaders were charged with sabotage and other crimes. They were all convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor. Mandela was released after 27 years when the Apartheid government realized the popular leader was more of a threat to them in prison than outside.

  • Nelson Mandela: The Authorized Comic Book, by Umlando Wezithombe, The Nelson Mandela Foundation. A graphic novel about the life and times of Nelson Mandela, produced for school children in South Africa and now available for readers in the US.
  • Famous Trials: The Nelson Mandela (Rivonia) Trial. This website provides a wealth of information about the Rivonia Trial, from the indictment to biographies of the accused, as well as Mandela’s speech in which he said that he was prepared to die for the freedom of South Africans from apartheid.