Today In Black History
On this date in 1964 Nelson Mandela and his seven co-defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment for supposedly plotting to overthrow the government by violence. From 1964 to 1982, he was incarcerated at Robben Island Prison, off Cape Town; thereafter, he was at Pollsmoor Prison, nearby on the mainland. During his years in prison, Nelson Mandela's reputation grew steadily. He was widely accepted as the most significant black leader in South Africa and became a potent symbol of resistance as the anti-apartheid movement gathered strength. He consistently refused to compromise his political position to obtain his freedom. Nelson Mandela was released from prison on February 11, 1990.