Nelson Mandela Posters

“It always seems impossible, until it’s done.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Anything Is Possible

Nelson Mandela wanted the people in South Africa to be free from apartheid. He hated how black people in his homeland had to live separately from white people. He also hated that black South Africans lived in poverty and could not vote in elections. While many others felt that ending apartheid was an impossible challenge, Nelson Mandela did not give up. Mandela spent 27 years of his life in prison. When he was finally released, on February 11, 1990, he helped turn the impossibility of ending apartheid into a reality.

When Nelson Mandela was dying in hospital, we were inspired by the quote at the top of this post. We created a poster of things that “Used to Be Impossible.” (See below. Download in blue or green). We challenged learners to use our Nelson Mandela lesson plan, and to help us create a NEW poster of future possibilities (See below).

View or download a printable 8.5″ × 11″ PDF

After the challenge, our creative director Robyn put together a NEW poster based on some of the submissions that we received from students around the globe. Please share these posters with your students to honor Nelson’s Mandela’s legacy of optimism.

View or download a printable 8.5″ × 11″ PDF

Anything is Possible Nelson Mandela Poster


Here’s what you can / cannot do with these posters:
You can use this poster for free with your students, for educational purposes. You may make photocopies for your students and your classroom walls. You may email your students a link to this page, so that they can access the file on their own. You may not alter or republish the poster. You may not upload the poster to any server. Thanks for respecting our work!

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