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.
Bill and Chelsea Clinton, visited Mandela in his birth village of Qunu on his 94th birthday.
In 2013, President Barak Obama visited the Robben Island prison cell where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years.
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.
In 1988, the Soviet Union honored Mandela with a commemorative stamp Google+