By Kaily Santos*
In celebration of Conflict Resolution Month, Student Legal and Mediation Services is presenting a blog series about individuals that inspire peace in their communities and the world. This fourth post in the series is about Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), and his contributions to peace and conflict resolution.
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”
Nelson Mandela was a South African political activist that brought peace to South Africa. After several major struggles, he then became its first democratically elected President.
After being exposed to the unfairness being committed to the races of his country, he decided to join the ANC (African National Congress). He became a symbol of kindness and an influence of peace. He opposed the racial segregation of his country and was imprisoned due to it. After the pressure the country was receiving for his release, he was finally let go after 27 years in prison.
While in office he continued to spread his kindness and brought peace to an entire nation and made history.
“The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us.”
As Bearkats, we also have the influence to bring together different communities and social groups. How can we be more united as the Sam Houston student body? Let’s be the change for our campus as Mandela was for his country.
For any students seeking information about Conflict Resolution Month or SLMS and the legal and mediation services it can provide, please contact our office by phone at (936) 294-1717, the website at shsu.edu/slms, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us in the LSC, Room 330.