Remembering Nelson Mandela


This week, we said goodbye to one of the most influential figures in modern day history. Nelson Mandela was a leader in the fight against apartheid and forever changed the face of racism in South Africa. As the world mourns the loss of this leader, educational institutions, organizations and news agencies around the world have started compiling resources about the life of Nelson Mandela and the work he accomplished.

We’ve provided many of these resources here for you to explore with your students, families and/or friends. They’ve been organized by type:

  • Educational Resources include lesson plans, videos, timelines, and other useful multimedia resources.

  • Books include autobiographies, biographies, and works intended for a children’s audience to provide greater insight to Nelson Mandela’s life.

  • News Resources include key articles as well as new pages that host a compilation of up-to-date news articles and multimedia resources on the subject.

 Please note, this is not an exhaustive list but it will give you a place to start!

Educational Resources

The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela (Frontline): Transcripts to a video that looked into the life of Nelson Mandela with accompanying resources for teachers and students.

Nelson Mandela: Living the Legacy (Nelson Mandela Center of Memory): The official biography website for Nelson Mandela provides a variety of multimedia resources ranging from audio excerpts of books, collections of photos, videos, as well as an interactive timeline of Mandela’s life.

Nelson Mandela in His Own Words (60 Minutes): A video produced by 60 Minutes that focuses on the writings and life of Nelson Mandela.

Teaching about Nelson Mandela (Education Week): A compilation of resources teachers can use to teach their students about the life and accomplishments of Nelson Mandela.

Remembering Nelson Mandela (PBS NewsHour): A lesson plan covering one class period where middle and high school students are tasked with exploring Mandela’s life and work through readings and discussions surrounding the autobiography “A Long Walk to Freedom”. Excerpts of the book are provided as part of the lesson plan.


Conversations with Myself (Nelson Mandela and President Barack Obama): A compilation of letters and notes made by Nelson Mandela during meetings while in office, from his prison cell on Robben Island, and on the run during the anti-apartheid struggle in the early 1960s, as well as excerpts from conversations with friends. A forward is written by President Barack Obama.

A Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela (Nelson Mandela): This autobiography written by Mandela himself, highlights his life from boyhood to becoming President of South Africa and beyond.

Nelson Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom (Chris Van Wyk): An adaption of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography A Long Walk to Freedom made for a children’s audience.

Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation (John Carlin) This book explores Nelson Mandela’s strategy behind using the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championships to mend the South African racial divide.

News Resources and Articles

BBC – Nelson Mandela (BBC): A compilation of up-to-date news articles, background materials and multimedia resources on Nelson Mandela.

The Guardian – Nelson Mandela (The Guardian) The most up-to-date news and comments on Nelson Mandela.

“The Mandela Rule: A Legacy to African Leaders” (Brookings): This article breaks down Nelson Mandela’s success into four key “rules” from which leaders throughout Africa are encouraged to emulate.

NY Times – Nelson Mandela (New York Times): Features articles, photos, videos, notable quotes, and other multimedia resources about Nelson Mandela and his influence on South Africa, as well as a listing of articles highlighting the international community’s response to his death.

Remember Nelson Mandela (The White House): The White House compilation of resources covering President Barack Obama’s participation in Mandela’s memorial. Resources include transcripts and videos clips of his eulogy, in addition to pictures.

“Think Again: Nelson Mandela” (Foreign Policy): This opinion piece explores the life of Nelson Mandela and what his passing means for the future of South Africa.

A disclaimer (just in case): Any opinions expressed in the resources listed above are those of the author(s) and are not necessarily those of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. We suggest you review any resources for appropriateness and quality before utilizing them.