The speech describes why the ANC had decided to go beyond its previous use of Mandela began by stating that he had been among the founders of Umkhonto we Nelson Mandela (edit) (cropped).jpg. Mandela Foundation In June , Nelson Mandela was convicted of sabotage for his role as an ANC activist against the former apartheid. April 20, marks the fiftieth anniversary of Nelson Mandela's 'I am prepared to die' speech. On this day, fifty years ago, a black man stood in. At The History Place - Part of our Great Speeches collection. Nelson Mandela ( ) was born the son of a Tembu tribal chieftain at Qunu, near . They were, and are, dedicated workers who are prepared to lead campaigns initiated. Nelson Mandela's statement from the dock at the opening of his trial on An ideal for which I am prepared to die Listen to the speech. Here is the transcript of Nelson Mandela's 'I am prepared to die' speech, which he gave from the dock during the Rivonia Trial, Pretoria. “I am prepared to die”. News. April 20, – April 20, marks the 47th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's speech from the dock in the. Explore 'Nelson Mandela's speech 'I am prepared to die' at the Rivonia trial, a booklet on the British Library's Magna Carta website.