Speech on Release from Prison, 1990 by Nelson Mandela
Our march toward freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way.
Universal suffrage on a common voters roll in a united, democratic and non-racial South Africa is the only way to peace and racial harmony.
In conclusion, I wish to go to my own words during my trial in 1964 – they are as true today as they were then:
I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunity. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But, if need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.» – Nelson Mandela