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


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Over the course of five years, Sophiatown -- a multiracial slum that was considered Johannesburg’s "bohemia" -- was destroyed in an effort to force black families out of their homes. Mandela frequently helped organize protests with the African National Congress, an anti-apartheid party.

In 1959, police beat a group of women from Cato Manor in Durban who were protesting liquor laws.

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.