Excerpts from the speech by Nelson Mandela – Nobel Peace Prize, 1993
(...) I extend my heartfelt thanks to the Nobel Committee for elevating us to the status of a Nobel Peace Prize winner. (…) It will not be presumptuous of us if we also add, among our predecessors, the name of another outstanding Nobel Peace Prize winner, the late Rev Martin Luther King Jr. He, too, grappled with and died in the effort to make a contribution to the just solution of the same great issues which we have had to face as South Africans. (…)
We stand here today as nothing more than a representative of the millions of people across the globe, the anti-apartheid movement, the governments and organisations that joined with us in fight, not to fight against South Africa as a country or any of its peoples, but to oppose an inhuman system (the apartheid) and sue for a speedy end to the apartheid crime against humanity. (…) Because of their courage and persistence for many years, we can, today, even set the dates when all humanity will join together to celebrate one of the outstanding human victories of our century.
When that moment comes, we shall, together, rejoice in a common victory over racism, apartheid and white minority rule. (…) Thus, it will mark a great step forward in history and also serve as a common pledge of the peoples of the world to fight racism, wherever it occurs and whatever guise it assumes. (…)
The reward will not be measured in money. (…) It will and must be measured by the happiness and welfare of the children, at once the most vulnerable citizens in any society and the greatest of our treasures. (…) The reward of which we have spoken will and must also be measured by the happiness and welfare of the mothers and fathers of these children, who must walk the earth without fear of being robbed, killed for political or material profit, or spat upon because they are beggars. (…)
The value of that gift to all who have suffered will and must be measured by the happiness and welfare of all the people of our country, who will have torn down the inhuman walls that divide them.
(…) Let the efforts of us all prove that we were not mere dreamers when we spoke of the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace being more precious than diamonds or silver or gold. (...)”