"After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb." -Nelson Mandela-
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Nelson Mandela - 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013
Nelson Mandela was the first black president in South Africa. He became president in 1994-1999.
His negotiations in the early 1990s with South African Pres. F.W. de Klerk helped end the country’s apartheid system of racial segregation. peaceful transition to majority rule. Mandela and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1993 for their efforts.
Mandela had lots of opposition. On June 12, 1964, he was sentenced to life imprisonment, narrowly escaping the death penalty.
On February 11, 1990, (27 years later) the South African government under President de Klerk released Mandela from prison. Mandela led the ANC in negotiations with de Klerk to end apartheid and bring about a peaceful transition to nonracial democracy in South Africa.
Mandela became a hero! He fought for the country. Mandela Day, observed on Mandela’s birthday, was created to honour his legacy by promoting community service around the world.