Let freedom reign

マンデラ大統領/大統領就任演説
南アフリカ, 1994年ネルソン·マンデラ

On May 10th 1994 Nelson Mandela – who spent 27 years in prison – became the president of South Africa.

His inaugural address is regarded as one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century.

The powerful peroration (conclusion) begins at 7:41 (below).

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We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom. We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success. We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world.

Let there be justice for all.

Let there be peace for all.

Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.

Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfil themselves.

Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity … and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world.

The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement.

Let freedom reign.

God bless Africa. I thank you.

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Note: Nelson Mandela’s mother tongue is Xhosa.

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