“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”. –Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela was a hero whose legacy will live on forever. His life was dedicated to the fight against apartheid and he fought for freedom and equality unlike any other. He was a prisoner for 27 years and then the very first Black president of the Republic of South Africa.
Yesterday, December 5th, he passed away in the comfort his own home, after suffering from a series of lung infections over the past two years. At the age of 95, Mandela has left a legacy that will inspire generations to come.
In memory of the great leader, Nelson Mandela, here are just 5 films on hope, freedom, and equality.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
“It is not the fault of the slaveholder that he is cruel, so much as it is the fault of the system under which he lives. He cannot withstand the influence of habit and associations that surround him. Taught from earliest childhood, by all that he sees and hears that the rod is for the slave’s back, he will not be apt to change his opinions in maturer years.” –Solomon Northup
Arriving on the heels of Django Unchained
, 12 Years a Slave
provides a strikingly realistic and gritty representation of what slavery was truly like. A film about a free man, Solomon Northup, who is forced into 12 years of slavery, this film shows the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
“This amendment is that cure! We’ve stepped out upon the world stage now. Now! With the fate of human dignity in our hands. Blood’s been spilled to afford us this moment now! Now! Now!” –Abraham Lincoln
Like, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln dedicated his life and presidency to the fight for the freedom of slaves and the equality of his people. This historic gem will touch you and give you hope in humanity, freedom, and equality.
“How do we inspire ourselves to greatness when nothing less will do? How do we inspire everyone around us? I sometimes think it is by using the work of others.”-Nelson Mandela
In his first term as President of South Africa, Mandela brings together his people by recruiting the national rugby team on a quest to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Morgan Freeman truly shines as the great President in this truly inspiring tale.
Remember the Titans (2000)
“This is where they fought the battle of Gettysburg. Fifty thousand men died right here on this field, fighting the same fight that we are still fighting among ourselves today. This green field right here, painted red, bubblin’ with the blood of young boys. Smoke and hot lead pouring right through their bodies. Listen to their souls, men. I killed my brother with malice in my heart. Hatred destroyed my family. You listen, and you take a lesson from the dead. If we don’t come together right now on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed, just like they were.” -Coach Boone
A beautiful story that will make you laugh then cry then laugh again, Remember the Titans
is a true tale of people being brought together despite the differences in the color of their skin.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
This quote sums up perfectly the timeless classic that is The Shawshank Redemption:
“I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. I guess I just miss my friend.”-Red
Nelson Mandela was a symbol of hope, freedom, equality, and so much more to not only the people of South Africa, but also the entire world. R.I.P Nelson Mandela.