Nelson and Winnie Mandela

Two Voices That Will Not Be Stilled

Put an inspirational leader in prison, and the movement he leads may turn into a crusade. That happened to Mahatma Gandhi in India and to Martin Luther King Jr. in the U.S. In 1986 the mantle of leadership settled heavily upon South Africa's most famous prisoner, Nelson Mandela. As the divided country of 5 million whites and 28 million non-whites slipped deeper into repression and confrontation, he emerged as never before as the spiritual head of the struggle against apartheid.

Mandela spent the year alone in a spacious cell on the third floor of a maximum-security wing at Pollsmoor prison, ten...

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