Book review: 'Nelson Mandela' by Kadir Nelson

Imagine being locked in a room for years and years and years for no good reason. That's what happened to a great man in Africa, and in the book “Nelson Mandela,” (Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins, $17.99) Kadir Nelson writes about the man and his life.
Published: July 7, 2013
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Your mother sent you to your room the other day. You hate that.

You didn't think you were being naughty, but Mama did, and she punished you. You had to sit in your room alone for a while, and you cried, maybe, or pouted because it just wasn't fair.

Now imagine being locked in a room for years and years and years for no good reason. That's what happened to a great man in Africa, and in the book “Nelson Mandela,” (Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins, $17.99) author Kadir Nelson writes about the man and his life.

Rolihlahla loved to play with his friends, fighting pretend-battles and hunting with slingshots on the grassy hills of Qunu, South Africa. But he couldn't play forever: Rolihlahla was smart, and smartness like that needed an education. Rolihlahla's mother knew she would miss him while he was away, and she tried hard not to cry.

At school, Rolihlahla's teacher refused to say his Xhosa name, so she called him “Nelson.”

As Nelson grew, he attended the finest schools in Johannesburg. He became a lawyer so he could help his poor and powerless African countrymen.

But something else bothered Nelson just as much as poverty: The South African government had a policy that split its citizens into three groups, and it wasn't fair. They called it apartheid, and Africans hated it.

So Nelson organized rallies and spoke to the people. He was jailed for speaking up, but he never stopped fighting against apartheid. He married and became a father, but he never stopped fighting. He organized rallies and protests, and never stopped fighting. A warrant for his arrest was put out, but Nelson never stopped fighting …

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