Nelson mandela's inaugural address

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Nelson Mandela: Inaugural Address, May 10, 1994

Nelson Mandela was trained as a lawyer, and joined the African National Congress in 1944 to aid in its struggle against apartheid. During over 25 years in prison he became the world's most famous political prisoner. After a long campaign of resistance within South Africa and political and economic pressure from without, President F. W. de Klerk ended the government ban on the ANC and freed Mandela in 1990, whereupon*(=sur quoi) he assumed leadership of the organization. He worked tirelessly over the next few years to negotiate an end to apartheid and minority rule, gaining widespread respect and support in the process. National elections were held in April 1994, and on May 10th of that year Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the first Black president of South Africa. Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Distinguished Guests, Comrades and Friends: Today, all of us do, by our presence here, and by our -------------- in other parts of our country and the world, confer glory and ---------- to -------------- -----------------. Out of the experience of an extraordinary human ---------------- that ------------ too long, must be ---------- a society of which all humanity will be ------------- . Our daily deeds*(=actions) as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity's --------------- in justice, ----------------- its confidence in the nobility of the human ---------------- and sustain *(=maintenir)all our hopes for a glorious life for all. All this we owe both to ourselves and to the peoples of the world who are so well represented here today.
To my compatriots, I have no ------------ in saying that each one of us is as intimately attached to the -------------of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld.*(=prairie)

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