The Life of Nelson Mandela
Lawyer and activist
Mandela became a lawyer and helped open the first black law firm in South Africa, in Johannesburg in 1952 to provide free or affordable representation to blacks and challenge apartheid. He is pictured here in 1961.
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.