South Africa's Nelson Mandela Dies in Johannesburg
"His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, his compassion and his humanity earned him their love." Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president and an "icon for the struggle against racial oppression" died on Thursday night. He was 95. Mr. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years after being convicted of treason by the white minority government. He was released in 1990 only to compromise with his captors to bring about a peaceful end to white rule. Mr. Mandela's decades in prison and his insistence on forgiveness will leave him remembered as an emblem of change in the face of racial division.
By Jordan Moses
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