1993 – Nelson Mandela, defeated hatred in South Africa

The son of a tribal chief, Nelson Mandela began his opposition to South Africa’s government policies while attending college. He went on to become a lawyer and joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1944. For two decades he led the fight against...

1993 – F. W. de Klerk, helped end Apartheid

An attorney who held a number of South African ministerial posts, F.W. de Klerk became both the leader of South Africa’s National Party and the country’s president in 1989. Upon becoming President, de Klerk, a conservative, shocked many when he lifted the...

1984 – Archbishop Desmond Tutu, anti-apartheid hero

In 1979, Anglican priest Desmond Mpilo Tutu became the first black General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches (SACC). He spoke strongly and internationally, pushing for non-violent change and economic sanctions against South Africa. In reaction, the...