RIP Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

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“He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation hast lost its greatest son. Our people Nelson Mandela on Day After Releasehave lost its father.” ~ President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma

Today the world lost a crusader in the anti-apartheid movement. Global Leader and Nobel Peace Price recipient Nelson Mandela passed away in Johannesburg, South Africa at the age of 95 surrounded by family. According to reports, Mandela had been suffering from a recurring lung infection and requested family be at his bedside.

Entering the work force first as a lawyer (who opened the first South African law firm that would defend black clients), he changed paths and began a political career with the African National Congress in 1948 when South Africa adopted the apartheid system.  Wanting more progress for the people he served, he went on to found a militant group responsible for bombing campaigns in the 60’s. Apprehended for his involvement, Mandela was sentenced to life in prison and spent some 30 years in prison before an intervention by former South African President F.W. De Klerk.

Upon release in February 1990, Mandela became president of the ANC in 1991, and was elected president of South Africa in May 1994, a position in which he remained until 1999. During his time in office he led the dismantling of the apartheid system, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

RIP Brother Nelson, your enormous contribution to society will never be forgotten. You were a hero of my late father and myself.

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