Nelson Mandela - Parliament Square, London, UK
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N 51° 30.025 W 000° 07.633
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Quick Description: Everyone has probably heard of Nelson Mandela and seeing this statue reminded me of a song entitled "Nelson Mandela".
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/26/2012 7:59:59 AM
Waymark Code: WMDV9M
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Long Description:
Almost as famous as Nelson Mandela is the song by The Specials called "Nelson Mandela". The lyrics for the song are:
"Free Nelson Mandela
Free free
Free free free Nelson Mandela

Free Nelson Mandela

21 years in captivity
Shoes too small to fit his feet
His body abused, but his mind is still free
You're so blind that you cannot see

Free Nelson Mandela

Visited the causes at the AMC
Only one man in a large army
You're so blind that you cannot see
You're so deaf that you cannot hear him

Free Nelson Mandela

21 tears in captivity
You're so blind that you cannot see
You're so deaf that you cannot hear him
You're so dumb that you cannot speak

Free Nelson Mandela"

The record was released in March 1984 and charted at No 9 in the UK.

This statue, that reminds me of this song, was unveiled on 29th August 2007 in the presence of Nelson Mandela. It was sculpted by Ian Walters. The bronze statue is nine feet tall and shows Mandela in his customary shirt, buttoned to the neck, and trousers. He has both hands raised and appears to be delivering a speech. He is facing towards the Houses of Parliament in London.

"Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918. His father was Chief Henry Mandela of the Tembu Tribe. Mandela himself was educated at University College of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand and qualified in law in 1942. He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party's apartheid policies after 1948. He went on trial for treason in 1956-1961 and was acquitted in 1961.

After the banning of the ANC in 1960, Nelson Mandela argued for the setting up of a military wing within the ANC. In June 1961, the ANC executive considered his proposal on the use of violent tactics and agreed that those members who wished to involve themselves in Mandela's campaign would not be stopped from doing so by the ANC. This led to the formation of Umkhonto we Sizwe. Mandela was arrested in 1962 and sentenced to five years' imprisonment with hard labour. In 1963, when many fellow leaders of the ANC and the Umkhonto we Sizwe were arrested, Mandela was brought to stand trial with them for plotting to overthrow the government by violence. His statement from the dock received considerable international publicity. On June 12, 1964, eight of the accused, including Mandela, were sentenced to life imprisonment. From 1964 to 1982, he was incarcerated at Robben Island Prison, off Cape Town; thereafter, he was at Pollsmoor Prison, nearby on the mainland.

During his years in prison, Nelson Mandela's reputation grew steadily. He was widely accepted as the most significant black leader in South Africa and became a potent symbol of resistance as the anti-apartheid movement gathered strength. He consistently refused to compromise his political position to obtain his freedom.

Nelson Mandela was released on February 11, 1990. After his release, he plunged himself wholeheartedly into his life's work, striving to attain the goals he and others had set out almost four decades earlier. In 1991, at the first national conference of the ANC held inside South Africa after the organization had been banned in 1960, Mandela was elected President of the ANC while his lifelong friend and colleague, Oliver Tambo, became the organisation's National Chairperson."

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Musician: The Specials

Name of Song: Nelson Mandela

Relevant Verse:
Free Nelson Mandela Free free Free free free Nelson Mandela Free Nelson Mandela 21 years in captivity Shoes too small to fit his feet His body abused, but his mind is still free You're so blind that you cannot see Free Nelson Mandela Visited the causes at the AMC Only one man in a large army You're so blind that you cannot see You're so deaf that you cannot hear him Free Nelson Mandela 21 tears in captivity You're so blind that you cannot see You're so deaf that you cannot hear him You're so dumb that you cannot speak Free Nelson Mandela


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