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From Prisoner to President: Mandela's Impact on the World


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In 1976, thousands of young students marched through Soweto in protest of the government’s use of Afrikaans language in school. Police opened fire, killing several children. The “Soweto Massacre,” as it came to be known, marked a turning point in the struggle against white rule, as white and black South Africans united in opposition to the crackdown.

Photos courtesy of "Mandela: The Authorized Portrait," Andrew McMeel Publishing.

Read more: How Nelson Mandela Survived His Years in Isolated South African Jail

Mandela died Dec. 5, 2013, at age 95.