Nelson Mandela

Politician/Activist

As leader of the African National Congress (ANC), Nelson Mandela was a major voice of opposition to South Africa’s racially discriminating Apartheid government. After years of unrelenting protests, which garnered international attention to the plight of black South Africans, he was convicted of sabotage and sentenced to life in prison. In 1990, President F. W. de Klerk announced that Mandela would be free after spending 27 years behind bars. In 1994, Mandela won the presidency in South Africa’s first all-inclusive elections. In 1999, at 80 years old, he opted out of another run for presidency. On December 5, 2013, the 95-year-old freedom fighter passed away.

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This Day in Black History: June 24, 1995

President Nelson Mandela cheers on the South African Rugby team.

This Day In Black History: June 10, 1980

Nelson Mandela, imprisoned for 27 years, wrote from prison on June 10, 1980.

Mandela Screenwriter: 12 Years a Slave 'Sucked Up All the Guilt'

William Nicholson rationalizes his film's poor performance.

Report: FBI Admits to Spying on Mandela During His First U.S. Visit

The FBI has admitted to spying on Nelson Mandela during his first visit to the United States in 1990, 27 years after he was released from prison.

This Day in Black History: May 10, 1994

On May 10, 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first Black president of South Africa.
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