People around the world are mourning the death, and celebrating the life, of Nelson Mandela, who led the emancipation of South Africa from white minority rule. He served as his country's first black president, becoming an international emblem of dignity and forbearance. Nelson Mandela died Thursday evening at age 95. His remarkable legacy inspired the world - his soul finally free.
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World mourns South Africa's first black president
CNN - December 6, 2013
Honoring Nelson Mandela
BBC - December 6, 2013
Nelson Mandela, South Africa's Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95
New York Times - December 6, 2013
Nelson Mandela served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, and was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Mandela has received more than 250 awards over four decades, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.