Nelson Mandela July 18th 1918-December 4th 2013

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela a South African Born July 18th 1918 to the chief of the Thembu people, known as the father of South Africa an icon of anti-apartheid, revolutionist and politician who served as the first black president of South Africa from 1994-1999 after serving 27 years in prison for fighting racist white rule, died Thursday December 4th 2013 at the age of 95

In 1994 at the age of 46 Nelson Mandela and seven others were found guilty of sabotage and conspiracy to violently overthrow the government of South Africa, and are sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island.

On February 11th, 1990 at the age of 71 Nelson Mandela is released from prison, Nelson Mandela is elected president of the ANC (African National Congress) the majority party in the South African Government.  The remaining apartheid laws are repealed and international sanctions are lifted 

In the year of 1994 Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president. In the year of 1999 Mandela retires after one term as president and hands power to Thabo Mbeki; however Nelson Mandela then turns his attention to peacemaking in other parts of Africa and the world and fighting AIDS.

For nearly seven decades Nelson Mandela spent fighting for freedom and equality. Nelson Mandela inspired and challenged the world to stand up for others. As word of Mandela’s death spread people around the world as well as the people of South Africa reacted with deep sadness at the loss who all consider the father of South Africa. While we mourn, this is also a time to celebrate the achievements of the anti-apartheid leader who emerged from prison to become South Africa’s first black president.

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