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Nelson Mandela

"Social equality is the only basis of human happiness."*

Nelson Mandela
July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013

The library honors the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid leader, former president of South Africa, humanitarian, and hero, by sharing selected resources about Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress, and apartheid. 


The struggle is my life: his speeches and writings brought together with historical documents and accounts… / Nelson Mandela DT779.95.M36 A57 1986Nelson Mandela Peace Prize

Mandela: an illustrated autobiography / [Nelson Mandela] DT1974 .A3 1996

Conversations with myself / Nelson Mandela DT1974 .A3 2010

South Africa: the rise and fall of apartheid / Nancy L. Clark and William H. Worger. DT1757 .C52 2011

Mandela, Tambo, and the African National Congress: the struggle against apartheid, 1948-1990, a documentary survey. DT1757 .M36 1991

Twentieth-century South Africa / William Beinart. DT1848 .B44 2001

Higher than hope: the authorized biography of Nelson Mandela / Fatima Meer. DT1949.M35 M44 1990

Nelson Mandela: a biography / Martin Meredith. DT1949.M35 M47 1998

Mandela: a biography / Martin Meredith. DT1974 .M474 2010

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. -- Long Walk to Freedom: the Autobiography of Nelson Mandela.

Mandela: the authorized biography / Anthony Sampson. DT1974 .S26 1999

Saving Nelson Mandela: the Rivonia trial and the fate of South Africa / Kenneth S. Broun. KTL42.R58 B76 2012

The state vs. Nelson Mandela: the trial that changed South Africa / Joel Joffe. KTL42.R58 J64 2007

In the words of Nelson Mandela / edited by Jennifer Crwys-Williams. DT1949.M35

Mandela: a critical life / Tom Lodge. Ebook. DT1974

Mandela: a biography / Martin Meredith. DT1974


Nelson Mandela mourning

Cry the beloved country. C84 DVD

Forgiveness. F67.75 DVD

Mandela: the man and his country. VHS. M 35.7

Mandela and de Klerk. M35.72 DVD

Mapantsula. M35.925 DVD

Spear of the nation: the story of the African National Congress. S75.75 DVD

William Kentridge: art from the ashes. W54.75 DVD

You have struck a rock! Y70 DVD

Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. -- Feb. 3, 2005 speech in London.

Zulu love letter. Z85 DVD

Streaming Video via Films on Demand

Nelson Mandela: The History of a Struggle

Nelson Mandela: Congressional Gold Medal Acceptance Speech

Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela

Soweto:  Streetwise South Africa

South Africa:  Rights and Wrongs


LexisNexis Academic - Current news and obituaries
Fusion - Current news, scholarly articles, and ebooks

Web Sources

It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones. -- Long Walk to Freedom: the Autobiography of Nelson Mandela.

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Continue the Long Walk
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Stop by the library display in the lobby to browse any of the above books and videos and to contribute your condolences and reflections on paper. Your thoughts will be conveyed to Nelson Mandela's family and Foundation in Johannesburg. To leave your tribute online, visit Our Madiba.

Nelson Mandela display

*Quote from a letter to Winnie Mandela, dated August 1, 1970, written when Nelson Mandela was in Pretoria Central Prison. -- Conversations with Myself

Photo Credits:  AP Images/Denis Farrell, John Robinson (art by Marco Clanfanelli), Jon Egg