Bringing Nelson Mandela’s Legacy to the Classroom

By Liana Loewus — December 06, 2013 1 min read
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This post originally appeared on the Teaching Now blog.

By now you’ve heard the news from South Africa that Nelson Mandela has died at age 95.

The passing of Mandela—the symbol of the anti-apartheid movement, who served 27 years in prison before being elected his nation’s first black president—is undoubtedly a topic of discussion in schools today. And it’s a quintessential teachable moment that should not go untapped.

But how do you capture the life of a liberation leader, political prisoner, and president who helped end a nation’s system of racial oppression? How do you convey his place in history for students?

Here are some resources for bringing Mandela to the classroom:

Please feel free to add your own resources for teachers below.

Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, raise clenched fists as they walk hand-in-hand upon his release from prison in Cape Town in 1990. —Greg English/AP-File

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.