The Life of Nelson Mandela
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A country's love
Mandela, or Madiba as he is affectionately called by fellow South Africans, remains an unparalleled symbol of the struggle against apartheid, and of strength, wisdom and grace in leadership. "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others," he wrote in the final paragraphs of his autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom".
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.