In 1993, Nelson Mandela spoke to the UN
About the Long Struggle to End Apartheid
Here are some excerpts from his remarks:
“We have, together, walked a very long road. We have travelled together to reach a common destination.
“The common destination towards which we have been advancing defines the very reason for the existence of this world Organisation.
“The goal we have sought to reach is the consummation of the yearning of all humankind for human dignity and human fulfilment.
“For that reason, we have been outraged and enraged that there could be imposed on any people the criminal system of apartheid.
“Each and every one of us have felt our humanity denied by the mere existence of this system. Each and every one of us have felt brandished as sub-human by the fact that some could treat of others as though they were no more than disposable garbage.
“In the end, there was nobody of conscience who could stand by and do nothing in the search for an end to the apartheid crime against humanity.
“We are here today to convey to you, who are the representatives of the peoples of the world, the profound gratitude of the people of South Africa for your engagement, over the decades, in the common struggle to end the system of apartheid.
“We are deeply moved by the fact that almost from its birth, this Organisation has kept on its agenda the vital question of the liquidation of the system of apartheid and white minority rule in our country.
“Throughout the many years of struggle, we, as South Africans, have been greatly inspired and strengthened as you took action both severally and collectively, to escalate your offensive against apartheid rule….
“In particular, we are most grateful for the measures that the United Nations… took to isolate apartheid South Africa.”
Read his entire speech at:
The Vision of Wangari Maathai
We’re presenting this film as part of our observance of Nelson Mandela Day. It is a measure of our chapter’s commitment to the values and principles of the United Nations Charter.
Saturday, July 18th — 2pm
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Admission is free.
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai captures a world-view in which nothing is perceived as impossible and presents an awe-inspiring, profile of Maathai’s unstoppable and courageous thirty-year journey to protect the environment, defend human rights, and promote democracy.
We hope you will join us!