VIDEO: Mandela’s speech on poverty, which inspired a generation


Today, millions of people around the world are reflecting on the life and achievements of an extraordinary man.

Nelson Mandela’s determination to see every South African treated equally, regardless of race, was echoed by a broader belief that extreme poverty is a global injustice no-one should have to endure.

Eight years ago, he gave this inspirational speech which became a rallying cry for many of us on the journey to end extreme poverty.

On 3 February 2005, Nelson Mandela addressed more than 20,000 people in London’s Trafalgar Square. He said,

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.”

I’m not sure there is a better way to sum up the reason why over 3 million ONE members campaign relentlessly for an end to extreme poverty.

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