Nelson Mandela


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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World Celebrates Mandela Day By Lending a Hand

People around the world give 67 minutes of service for Madiba's 67 years.

Former Mandela Aide Talks SAfrica Race Relations on Twitter

A white woman who worked as a personal assistant to Nelson Mandela has stirred unease about race relations in South Africa after criticizing the current president for allegedly making anti-white remarks.

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The pop star has been criticized for sharing altered photos of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr.

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The U.N. condemns apartheid in South Africa.

This Day in Black History: Oct. 25, 1997

Philadelphia hosted the Million Woman March on Oct. 25, 1997.

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