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The Life of Nelson Mandela

South Africa's president

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South Africa's president

The ANC was victorious and Mandela was inaugurated May 10, 1994. “We dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free," Mandela said in his inauguration speech. "Their dreams have become reality. Freedom is their reward."

Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, credited with ending apartheid there, died Dec. 5, 2013. He was 95 years old. Read more about his life.

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