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

'I Am Prepared to Die'

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'I Am Prepared to Die'

“It is an ideal for which I have lived. It is an ideal for which I still hope to live and see realised. But if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Mandela always believed blacks were equal to whites. Handwritten notes from a court statement reveal the depth of his conviction.

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.