Biographical Information and Links

"The greatest and most courageous leader of our generatio
--Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2007 at the unveiling of the Nelson Mandela Statue in London, England.

Key Dates
             18 July 1918 (The Transkei Province, South Africa)
1943              Joined the African National Congress
1944              Founding Member of the ANC's Youth League
1952              Established South Africa's first black law firm with Oliver Tambo          
1961              Helped establish Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK)
1962-1990     Imprisoned on Robben Island, Pollsmoor Prison and Victor
1990              Verster Prison
1990              Released from prison
1993              Receives the Novel Peace Prize, along with F W de Klerk
1994-1999    Elected and served as South Africa's president
1995              Founded the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund
1999              Founding of The Nelson Mandela Foundation
2003              Founding of the Mandela-Rhodes Foundation
2007              Founding of The Elders

In October 2010, 60 Minutes produced a segment on Nelson Mandela a few days before his memoir was released. The video provides biographical information but focuses on Mandela's imprisonment and his role in the movement that overturned the apartheid regime in South Africa.

To read more about Nelson Mandela's life visit

At, you can read letters that Mandela wrote to his wife Winnie while he was in prison. You can also read excerpts from his memoirs and read interviews and stories from people who knew Mandela.

Time Magazine published an article entitled "Mandela: His 8 Lessons of Leadership." The lessons he shares provide advice for those of us who wish to make the world a better place.

View Robben Island, Nelson Mandela's place of imprisonment, in Google Maps. You will see that the island lies just northwest of Capetown and Table Bay.