Students really get into this activity! The story of overcoming apartheid in South Africa is too dynamic to just do a standard lesson. In this activity, students listen to songs, watch a video (A Force More Powerful Part 1 - available for rent on Amazon for $1.99, or can be found on-line if you're lucky. This part can also easily be cut out if you would prefer), read, complete activities, and answer questions as they learn about the history of apartheid, the power of martyrs and non-violence, the story of Nelson Mandela, and lesser known black activists Stephen Biko and Mkhuseli Jack.
For a final product, students produce is a newspaper (included) of the day Nelson Mandela was elected President in 1994. You can tweak the rubric as your would like, and have students work as individuals or in groups, but they use all they have learned to create 4 articles for the newspaper. The final products are great for displaying in class or the hallway to show what students are learning and creating in your class. I have made larger paper copies of the newspaper (11x17) for students to use so that it displays even better.
Another great aspect of this assignment is that you can easily shorten or extend it to your needs. It is still a very fun activity even if you eliminate the final product of creating a newspaper.
Students would benefit from at least a little background knowledge on the history of racism and apartheid in South Africa before this assignment. It is not necessary but this activity focuses more on overcoming apartheid, and not necessarily apartheid itself.