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Unit 3 - Mandela is Free3A IntroductionIn America, the civil rights movement of the 1960s helped end the policy of “separate but equal,” a system that separated blacks and whites. But in South Africa, a racist system called Apartheid kept power in the hands of whites, even though there were many more black people than white people in the country. Apartheid didn’t go away until very recently. It existed in the 1990s. Apartheid made it easy for whites to vote, own land and work wherever they wanted, but made it very hard for black people to own good land, work and vote. When a boy grew up and decided to fight this racist system, there were many people who wished he’d go away. His name is Nelson Mandela. His story is true, and it is one of the most moving stories ever told. Locked in a jail cell for 24 years, Mandela never stopped fighting for the rights of his people.3B Song LyricsIn South Africa, in a remotetown,Far from the cities you know well,Born in poverty, Mandela was poor,No meat and sweets that they couldn’t afford.Resources were meager, they didn’t have many,But had a lot of love and a big family.This story goes in order, it’s chronological,The first to go to school, that’s hard to do.He was a hard-working student, diligentwith the books,Some white people on the street, giving him looks.Here’s the context, see the background now,Colonial Dutch ruled South Africa.The whole country at this time Was divided along race lines, Apartheid.So blacks were the majority, more than half,But couldn’t vote, now that’s some bad math.So Mandela was treated with prejudice,People didn’t like him, even before they met him.His loyalty, allegiance, was to freedom,But his college kicked him out like, “we don’t need him.”This caused and generateda feeling in his soul,When a dream is held back, it just might blow!Their hatred was just an obstacle,Something in his way, but it’s not impossible.Mandela! Yes, Mandela is free, but what about my people? My people!He set out to change and transform,The whole country one mind at a time.Joined the African National Congress, ANC, what’s that? Y’all gonna have to wait and see.20The Word Up Project: Level Green
At first he tried to talk and negotiateDeal with the government, start bargaining.But his talks were met with silence,So as a last resort he turned to violence.But he was prosecutedand put on trial,The judge said, “You’re going to go to jail for a while.”So they locked him up, and threw away the key,In jail for twenty four years* in his cell.But he possessedand had the spirit that Was strong like his ancestors had.And the people fought to end Apartheid,And when Mandela was freed, yeah they went all wild.You represent? Here’s what representing is,When you get out of jail, you’re made President.You represent? Here’s what representing is,When you get out of jail, you’re made President like Mandela!Hook“Poverty is not natural. It is manmade. And it can be overcome and eradicated.” - Nelson Mandela*,

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