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Death of 95 Year Old Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela has died. The Former President of South Africa was 95 years old. His incredible life impacted people around the world as we take a look back.
"I don't regret it because what I did, pleased my soul." -Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela has died.  The Former President of South Africa was 95 years old.  His incredible life impacted people around the world as we take a look back.

Nelson Mandela's extraordinary life began in a tiny village in the South African Transkei.

He moved to Johannesburg, became a lawyer and then joined the African National Congress, an organization that would ultimately change his life, and that of his country.

"The Africans require, want the franchise on the basis of one man, on vote.  They want political independence."

In the 1950's and 60's, the realities of white domination in South Africa made that dream unattainable.  The African National Congress formed an armed resistance to the Apartheid System.

"There are many people who feel that is useless and futile for us to continue talking peace and non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks."

Mandela was arrested, charged with treason and sentenced to life in prison.  While he performed hard labor at one of South Africa's most remote and harshest prisons, calls for his release echoed around the world.

"The government has taken a firm decision to release Mr. Mandela unconditionally."

Finally after 27 years in prison, at age 71 he was free.

In the years following his release, Mandela went on to win a Nobel Peace Prize and was elected South Africa's first black president.

"Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud."

He served as President until 1999 when he announced his retirement.

"Don't call me, I'll call you."

Despite health problems, his retirement years were busy as he worked on behalf of charities and campaigned tirelessly to bring the World Cup Soccer Tournament to his beloved nation.  In the summer of 2010, Mandela saw that dream realized.

His life was a series of battles, but in an interview on his 90th birthday, he said he'd do it all again.

"I don't regret it because what I did, pleased my soul."
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