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Today: Nelson Mandela Dies at Age 95

21st Century Wire

South Africa’s first black President and human right icon passed away today in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Before being elected to the head of his country’s government, Nelson Mandela was held by the apartheid government as a political prisoner on notorious Robben Island for 27 years. His book chronicling his life, Long Walk to Freedom, became an overnight international best seller

After 3 months in the hospital with a lung infection this past summer, he went into care, remaining at his home for as many months.

Mandela was given the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 after which time he was elected and serving 5 years as South Africa’s president in 1994. 

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” 
― Nelson Mandela

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