April 26: Free Elections where black South Africans are allowed to vote for the first time. Nelson Mandela runs for President
The ANC won 252 of the 400 seats in the national assembly. May: Inaugurated as the first black president of South Africa.
February 11: Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years. President De Klerk lifts the ban on the African National Congress (ANC). The ANC and the white National Party begin talks on forming a multi-racial democracy for South Africa.
December 5: Accused of conspiring to overthrow the South African state by violent means with 155 other political activists and charged with high treason. The Treason Trial of 1956–61 follows and all were acquitted
Opens the first black legal firm in South Africa with fellow lawyer Oliver Tambo providing free or low-cost legal counsel to many blacks who would otherwise have been without legal representation.
Mandela was prominent in the ANC's 1952 Defiance Campaign
He attends the Weslayan College at Healdtown near Ft. Beaufort at 19 years old. largest school for Africans South of equator, also a mission school. He mentions his education at the University of Fort Hare, and his practice of law later on. 1939 at 21 y/o, he moves on to University College at Fort Hare in Alice municipality near Healdtown--it is the only residential center of higher learning for blacks in South Africa.