Nelson Mandela led the most successful emancipation movement in South Africa from white minority rule, leading him to serve 27 years in prison for treason. After his release from captivity and the end of Apartheid, he was elected his country’s first black president, and became an international emblem of dignity and forbearance for the forgiveness and reconciliation he demonstrated and urged in others.
July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013
"If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner." -Nelson Mandela
Submitted by our members in 2014.