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10 Interesting Facts About Nelson Mandela

Facts about Nelson Mandela
South African politician and civil rights revolutionary, Nelson Mandela died today at the age of 95. From behind prison walls, Mandela became an international hero during the 1980’s and the world-wide symbol for the struggle against apartheid.

After being imprisoned for over 27 years for his fight against racial segregation in South Africa, Mandela became the first black President of South Africa in 1994. Nelson Mandela dedicated his life fighting for humanity, and he helped to raise global awareness for the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. While the world has lost a giant, we would like to shine light on Mandela’s legacy and share a few interesting facts.

Nelson Mandela in a robe
Born “Rolihlahla” Mandela, he was given the English name of “Nelson” by his teacher on the first day of school.

Letters from prison
While imprisoned for 27 years, he was allowed only one visit per year and one letter every six months.

Nelson Mandela -Bill Clinton - Hilary Clinton
Bill and Chelsea Clinton, visited Mandela in his birth village of Qunu on his 94th birthday.

At the age of 18, Mandela developed a life-long passion for the sport of boxing.

Nelson Mandela in Malcolm X Movie
In 1992, he appeared as a Soweto teacher in Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” movie.

Mandela the attorney
Mandela and Oliver Tambo, founded the Mandela and Tambo Law Firm to provide low cost legal services to poor Africans.

Obama in Mandela's cell
In 2013, President Barak Obama visited the Robben Island prison cell where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years.

aids awareness
Mandela’s son Makgatho Mandela died of aids at the age of 54.

In 2009, Morgan Freeman portrayed Nelson Mandela in the motion picture Invictus.

Mandela Stamp
In 1988, the Soviet Union honored Mandela with a commemorative stamp