Jul 18, 1918 - Dec 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.
Mandela served 27 years in prison for sedition. Released in 1990, he led African National Congress (ANC) to victory in 1994 elections. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation.
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.