The speech that moved me the most was Nelson Mandela’s 1993 Nobel Peace Prize speech because he spoke of the future of South Africa. He was not bitter about his years of imprisonment and the way he spoke of building and maintaining a democratic government seemed to be hopeful. He said that he hopes that other countries will establish democratic governments. I learned that if you stick to your convictions you can cause the change that you want to see. “ Let the efforts of us all prove that he [Martin Luther King Jr.] was not a mere dreamer when he spoke of the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace being more precious than diamonds or silver or gold” ( Mandela 633).
In 1994 Nelson Mandela became the eleventh president of South Africa and his successor Thabo Mbeki took over in 1999. Many people are worrying about Nelson Mandela’s health because he is 92 years old now. He does not make as many public appearances as he once had and his last appearance was at the soccer World Cup in 2010. He had a respiratory infection that landed him in the hospital earlier this year. The African National Congress and president tried to make the public more at ease over the rumors of his health and he is currently well and at home.