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Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918- 5 December 2013)

"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."- Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918- 5 December 2013), former South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary passed away on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95. Mandela was an agent for social and political change and worked tirelessly to improve his country and to a larger degree, the world. Even while imprisoned for 27 years, Mandela resolutely shared his message of peace and equality. Upon his release from prison in 1990, Mandela was elected the first black South African president, winning the office during the first fully representative election. Author of more than 100 books, and recipient of more than 250 honors, including the Nobel Peace Prize, Mandela's principals of philanthropy, equality and humanity have left an indelible footprint on the world.