Nelson Mandela Dies at Age 95
Former South African president Nelson Mandela , who served 27 years in prison for anti-apartheid activities and helped end racial segregation on his continent,Thursday, December 6th.
Mandela battled South Africa’s imposed racial segregation through a combination of peaceful demonstration and through military means and was sentenced to life in prison on treason charges.
Mandela was freed in 1989 after 27 years of hard labor in a stone quarry, when South African president F.W. de Klerk would assume power.
De Klerk and Mandela worked together following his release to end racial strife in South Africa; and went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
In April 1994, Mandela was elected president of South Africa. Mandela’s victory symbolized a dramatic change in South African politics and race relations.
Mandela died at age 95. He is survived by Machel; his daughter Makaziwe by his first marriage, and daughters Zindzi and Zenani by his second.