Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
Nelson Mandela, the beloved first black president of South Africa who spent 27 years in prison for fighting the injustice of apartheid, has died. He was 95.
THE FACE OF FREEDOM
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was plagued by respiratory illness through the years since his release in 1990 from imprisonment, during which he had suffered a severe case of tuberculosis.
JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an enduring icon of the struggle against racial oppression, died on Thursday at 8:50 PM..
Mr. Mandela spent 27 years in prison after being convicted of treason by the white minority government, only to forge a peaceful end to white rule by negotiating with his captors after his release in 1990.
He led the African National Congress, long a banned liberation movement, to a resounding electoral victory in 1994, the first fully democratic election in the country’s history.