How Nelson Mandela Emerged from Prison a Better Man

Editor's note: We, along with the rest of the world, were deeply saddened to learn of Nelson Mandela's passing. Read Oprah's statement. The following is from his appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2000.

For 27 years of his life, anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela lived behind bars, convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow South Africa's government. In this clip from an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show originally aired on September 27, 2000, the former South African president explains how instead of embracing hatred and bitterness, he used his time in prison to look inward and focus on changing himself.

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Published 09/27/2000