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Mandela Recording - I am Prepared to Die

Nelson Mandela gave this statement to the court during the opening of his defense in the Rivonia treason trial. 

Originally recorded on a "dictabelt," this clip has been preserved for everyone to hear thanks to the work of individuals at the British Library.

Mandela's statement was lengthy. His most-famous words come at the end:

During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.

It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

Although he was spared the death penalty, Mandela spent decades as a prisoner.


Media Credits

Clip of Nelson Mandela's opening statement at the Rivonia treason trial.  Online, courtesy David Tereshchuk via his TMBdt Channel at YouTube.

 

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