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The Host: Welcome ladies and gentlemen to “Mission Impossible” talk show. Today we have the pleasure to have here with us 3 special guests, that contribueted in the change of life of many blacks in the USA and Africa. We are glad to present: Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandel.
Martin Luther King
The Host : When you were young did you imagine yourself in having to fight for your rights and that of your people?
Martin Luther king: Yes sure, my childhood was influenced by the racial segregation and the barbaric acts that derived from it, and that’s when I learned that there was a world of whites and blacks. It is from this that came the desire to defend human rights, an ambition which has been strengthened following the well-known episode of Rosa Parks, that helped me to decide to struggle and protect our dignity!
The Host: Do you still think today that fighting violence with violence can be negative? Would you do the same think today?
Martin Luther King: I think that violence will never be something positive. Violence is the poison of the world. I don’t want to be responsable of the sickness of the world, so I would never fight back with violence.
The Host: After a series of negative accidents, did you ever think of giving up your fight?
Martin Luther King: Absolutely not, I never thought to give up and leave everything, since I’ve always had this ambition as a young man and I always wanted to finish off what I started. Although I have had accidents along the way, I went ahead and these difficulties have helped me increase my personal experience and fight for my people.
The Host: If you had to fight for something today what could you fight for?
Martin Luther King: Even when I was younger, I have always paid attention to people who could not defende themselves. I think that nowadays I would do the same thing: in my opinion people in danger and opressed by society have the right to be defended. For example, homosexuals in cities where they are not accepted, people who live hell everyday. We do not have to make differences when dealing with human beings: everyone is important. In conclusion, I want to fight for people every day, this is my goal.
The Host: In what way does your past influence the present?
Nelson Mandela: In the past I have always been involved in struggling against the minority South African regime, which denied political , social and civil rights to black South African majority. This fact influenced my present by encouraging me to begin a campaign in favour of my people.
The Host: Would you go to prison again, if you believe in something strongly enough to make it worthwhile?
Nelson Mandela: In the past I often fought far what I strongly believed in and was clearly aware of the consequences and the dangers my determination would have brought me to. This is why I can say that nothing and no one is going to stop me.
The Host: Which caracteristics do you admire the most in what you believe in?
Nelson Mandela: There are many good and fair characterisitcs that surround the ideas in which I believe, but the characteristics that I admire the most are my being brave, stubburn and determinated because thanks to the courage I found the strenght that allowed me to exceed the obstacles; tank to the tenacity I faced the many difficulties without backing out and thanks to the consistency I reached my targets and I arrived where I am today.
The Host: Are you surrounded by people that will hopefully follow your past steps?
Nelson Mandela: I hope that one day many people will be inspired by my ideas to make sure that my people will never have to suffer what I went through and hopefully improve even more the situation we are living today.
The Host: What was the first thing you thought and did once you were freed?
Nelson Mandela: Once I was freed, I said to myself “finally justice had been done” even if it was difficult for me to believe. So, I took a long walk to breath some fresh air and then stopped at my favourite restaurant to have my favourite meal.
The Host: How did you feel when you were asked to give up your seat?
Rosa Parks: Well I didn’t feel very good about being asked to give up my seat to a white man. I felt I had a right to stay where I was . That was why I told the driver I was not going to stand because we were being treated unfairly as individuals and as race, besides I was very tired I was coming back home after a hard day work.
The Host: Do you think what you did on the bus that day helped give birth and hope to your people and strenght to rebel?
Rosa Parks: Yes I think so, at the beginning I didn’t know what my actions would lead us to. When I was arrested I didn’t know how my people had reacted but after I was glad that their actions helped abolish the segretation low on public transport for the blacks.
The Host: Were you scared of the situation you have faced?
Nelson Mandela: If I have to face something, I do so, no matter what the conseguences are. I have never had the desire to give up. I don’t think that giving up would be away of becoming a free person. But I have to admit that even if we are brave and have courage we have to fight and have the patience to wait for the final results (the changement).
The Host: Unfortunately our programme has come to an end. It was nice having you here all togheter and sharing your personal experiences with us. I hope that one day your followers will do the same if not better than what you’re done for your people. Thank you all for being here with us and hope to see you in your next episode with other special guests!
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