35 Powerful Facts About Worldwide Peacemaker, Nelson Mandela

Young Nelson Mandela in a boxing outfit with gloves. Ranker / Wikimedia.

34. But First, Mandela Had to Confront His Own Troubled Background and Prejudices

Mandela grew up in a South Africa that was deeply divided and prone to violence on both sides of the divide. He participated in much of the violence that was perpetrated by the black nationalists and spent 27 years in prison as punishment for his crimes. Before he could lead his country in racial reconciliation and set an example for the world, he had to confront his own violence and attitudes towards his white oppressors.