Free at Last
Nelson Mandela was South Africa’s
first democratic president. He is
known to have delivered a speech
inspired by Martin Luther King Jr’s
speech called ”Free At Last”.
This speech made on the 11th
February 1990 at an ANC rally in Cape
Town is his first speech after 27 years
Friends, comrades and fellow South
I greet you all in the name of peace,
democracy and freedom for all.
I stand here before you not as a prophet
but as a humble servant of you, the
people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices
have made it possible for me to be here
today. I therefore place the remaining
years of my life in your hands.
On this day of my release, I extend ...view middle of the document...
I also salute the Black Sash and the
National Union of South African Students.
We note with pride that you have acted
as the conscience of white South Africa.
Even during the darkest days in the
history of our struggle you held the flag of
liberty high. The large-scale mass
mobilisation of the past few years is one
of the key factors which led to the
opening of the final chapter of our
I extend my greetings to the working
class of our country. Your organised
strength is the pride of our movement.
You remain the most dependable force in
the struggle to end exploitation and
I pay tribute to the many religious
communities who carried the campaign
for justice forward when the organisations
for our people were silenced.
I greet the traditional leaders of our
country – many of you continue to walk in
the footsteps of great heroes like Hintsa
I pay tribute to the endless heroism of
youth, you, the young lions. You, the