Today is the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist.

His birthday on July 18 (today) is marked annually around the world, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation called this year for people to “take action and inspire change” in Mandela’s name.

The greatest leader’s has a huge popularity in Bangladesh. Different socio-cultural organisations around the country will organise various programmes marking the birth centenary of Mandela.

The world leader dedicated his entire life to free his people from racial subjugation and inspired all to fight against racial discrimination.

He broke the conspiracy of silence against injustice and gave hope that all people should live with dignity.

Meanwhile, South Africa celebrated the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth with a flagship speech by former US president Barack Obama and an outpouring of memories and tributes to the late anti-apartheid leader.

Nelson Mandela was a civil rights leader in South Africa. He fought against apartheid, a system where non-white citizens were segregated from whites and did not have equal rights. He served a good portion of his life in prison for his protests, but became a symbol for his people. Later he would become president of South Africa.

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, South Africa.

Mandela spent the next 27 years in prison. His prison sentence brought international visibility to the anti-apartheid movement. He was finally released through international pressure in 1990.

Once released from prison, Nelson continued his campaign to end apartheid. His hard work and life long effort paid off when all races were allowed to vote in the 1994 election. Nelson Mandela won the election and became president of South Africa. There were several times during the process where violence threatened to break out. Nelson was a strong force in keeping the calm and preventing a major civil war.

He spent 27 years in prison. He refused to bend on his principals in order to be released and stated that he would die for his ideals. He wanted all people of all races to have equal rights in South Africa.

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