Happy Freedom Day, South Africa!

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  • A Hard-Won Right
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A Hard-Won Right

"On this day, you, the people, took your destiny into your own hands," said Mandela on the first anniversary of the elections. "You decided that nothing would prevent you from exercising your hard-won right to elect a government of your choice. Your patience, your discipline, your single-minded purposefulness have become a legend throughout the world."

(Photo:  Juda Ngwenya / Reuters)

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