"IT IS AN IDEAL WHICH I HOPE TO LIVE FOR AND ACHIEVE, BUT IF NEED BE, IT IS AN IDEAL FOR WHICH I AM PREPARED TO DIE": Rivonia Speech of Nelson Mandela; Signed by Him

  • Nelson Mandela’s Speech I Am Prepared to Die.

Nelson Mandela’s Speech I Am Prepared to Die.

Item Number: 5670

London: International Defence & Aid Fund for Southern Africa, 1984.

Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed and dated by Nelson Mandela on the front panel. In near fine condition.

"I Am Prepared to Die" is the name given to the three-hour speech given by Nelson Mandela on 20 April 1964 from the dock of the defendant at the Rivonia Trial. The speech is so titled because it ends with the words "it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die". The speech is considered one of the great speeches of the 20th century, and a key moment in the history of South African democracy.