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Celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela

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  • (MANDATORY CREDIT Jurgen Schadeberg/Getty Images) Defendants Moses Kotane (left) and Nelson Mandela leave a courtroom in Pretoria, South Africa, during the Treason Trial, 1958. The trial, of 156 people, lasted from 1956 to 1961. (Photo by Jurgen Schadeberg/Getty Images)
  • JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 06 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): Activity outside former president Nelson Mandela's Houghton home as friends and family visit in Johannesburg. (Photo by James Oatway/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
  • CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 06: A boy prays outside the Central Methodist Church, as people gather to remember former South African President Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2013, aged 95, on December 6, 2013 in CapeTown, South Africa. (Photo by Michelly Rall/Getty Images)
  • VIENNA, AUSTRIA - OCTOBER 23: The picture taken in Vienna on October 23, 2003 shows South Africa's Nelson Mandela during a donation tour of Children's Fund. South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died on December 5, 2013. (Photo by Ali Haydar Yurtsever/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
  • TORONTO, ON - JUNE 18: Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela enjoy a warm welcome at Queens Park, Toronto. (Colin McConnell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
  • JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 11: Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel arrive ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
  • LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: A man comforts a woman as they mourn the death of Nelson Mandela as they stand outside the South African embassy near Trafalgar Square on December 6, 2013 in London, England. Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president. He died yesterday at the age of 95. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
  • JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 11: Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel smile and wave to the crowd ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
  • TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Nelson Mandela received a hero's welcome from 40,000 children at SkyDome last Friday. (Ken Faught/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
  • LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 06: The front pages of British newspapers report on the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela on December 6, 2013 in London, England. Mr Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president. He died yesterday at the age of 95. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
  • BEIJING, CHINA - DECEMBER 06: (CHINA OUT) A man walks past an image of former South African president Nelson Mandela at the Embassy of South Africa on December 6, 2013 in Beijing, China. Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president. He died yesterday at the age of 95. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
  • LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Joanna Vignola weeps before placing a floral tribute at the foot of a statue to Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square on December 6, 2013 in London, England. Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president. He died yesterday at the age of 95. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
  • LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: The Union flag flies at half mast on Victoria Tower at the Houses of Parliament the day after the anouncement of the death of Nelson Mandela on December 6, 2013 in London, England. Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president. He died yesterday at the age of 95. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
  • BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - DECEMBER 6: European Union (EU) flags fly at half mast to honour South African leader Nelson Mandela in Brussels, Belgium on December 6, 2013. Former South African president Nelson Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg at the age of 95. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
  • People walk on December 6, 2013 in front of a statue of late South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, as many people are expected to come pay respect to the country's former president a day after his death. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95. Mandela, who was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been rece
  • LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 06: Tributes to former South African President Nelson Mandela lie outside South Africa House near Trafalgar Square on December 6, 2013 in London, England. Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president. He died yesterday at the age of 95. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 06: Members of the public lay tributes to former South African President Nelson Mandela outside South Africa House near Trafalgar Square on December 6, 2013 in London, England. Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president. He died yesterday at the age of 95. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
  • Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela hugs, on October 4, 1990, a young Sowetan girl as he visits the black township of Soweto (South Western Township) near Johannesburg. (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • (FILES) A picture taken on September 5, 1990 shows anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela raising fist while addressing in Tokoza a crowd of residents from the Phola park squatter camp during his tour of townships. A new collection of Nelson Mandela's private papers reveals his years of heartache at missing his family while in prison and his wariness at becoming idolised, in excerpts published on October 10, 2010. The book 'Conversations with Myself' goes
  • (MANDATORY CREDIT Jurgen Schadeberg/Getty Images) Anti-apartheid activist and lawyer Nelson Mandela in the office of Mandela and Tambo, a law practice set up in Johannesburg by Mandela and Oliver Tambo to provide free or affordable legal representation to blacks. (Photo by Jurgen Schadeberg/Getty Images)
  • Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie (C) joined in a group of clergymen and embassy officials, 12 December 1990, in Tokoza township in an effort to bring peace to the area where 83 people have lost their lives in clashes between Zulu's and Xhosas in the past 5 days. (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)
  • TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Young at Heart: South African President Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel, dressed in fleece jackets given to him by aboriginal leaders; smile with delight as they enter a SkyDome filed to the rafters with more than 40,000 schoolchildren. (Ken Faught/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
  • SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 01: Nelson Mandela (3Rd From Right), Leader Of The African National Congress (Anc) And Other Militants Charged With Treason By The South-African Union Walked To The Room Where Their Trial Was Being Held In 1956. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
  • JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 10: Members of the Mandela family, including Nelson Mandela's daughters (L-R) Zindzi, Zenani and Makaziwe Mandela, ex-wife Winnie Mandela and widow Graca Machel (2nd R), attend the official memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium December 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Over 60 heads of state have travelled to South Africa to attend a week of events commemorating the life of former South African President Nel
  • TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 17: Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel at the renaming of Park Public School to Nelson Mandela Park Public School in Toronto, November 17, 2001 (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
  • SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 01: 156 Members Of The African National Congress, Natives, Europeans, Indians And Mulattoes Between 1956 And 1961, Including Nelson Mandela (3Rd Row, 8Th On The Right), Walter Sisulu And Olivier Tambo, Accused In December 1956 Of Having Supported The Freedom Charter, Calling For The Creation Of A Non-Racial Democracy And A Socialist Economy In South Africa. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
  • QUNU, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 17: In this handout provided by the Clinton Foundation, former U.S. President Bill Clinton (R) poses with former South African President Nelson Mandela on the eve of his 94th birthday at his residence July 17, 2012 in Qunu, South Africa. Along with his daughter Chelsea, Clinton met with Mandela for 90 minutes. (Photo by Barbara Kinney/Clinton Foundation via Getty Images)
  • South African Former President Nelson Mandela attends the funeral of his great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela at the St Stithian?s College Chapel in Sandton, north of Johannesburg on June 17, 2010. Thirteen-year-old Zenani Mandela was killed in a car that overturned on June 10 as it took her home from a pre-World Cup concert in Soweto. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 06: The front pages of British newspapers report on the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela on December 6, 2013 in London, England. Mr Mandela was a leader that helped conquer apartheid in racially divided South Africa after being jailed for his activism for decades. He was South Africa's first black president. He died yesterday at the age of 95. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
  • TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 17: Nelson Mandela embraces student Carnelle Gabriel after she made a presentation to him at the renaming of Park Public School to Nelson Mandela Park Public School in Toronto, November 17, 2001. The school may be the first in the world to be named for the former world leader. Person on the left is Diane Rivard at teacher at the school. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
  • Nelson Mandela, leader of the African National Congress (ANC), adopts a boxing pose, wearing shorts, t-shirt and boxing gloves, circa 1950. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  • FRANCE - CIRCA 1985: Campaign 'Liberez Mandela' in Paris, France in 1985. (Photo by Mohamed LOUNES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
  • Former South African President Nelson Mandela (L) is greeted by his former wife Winnie (R) in Johannesburg at Ellis Park stadium on April 19, 2009 at the final African National Congress election rally. Nelson Mandela made a surprise appearance drawing wild cheers from a throng of 100,000 people. After 15 years of democracy, the ANC is still the party of choice for the country's mainly black and poor majority who feel populist presidential candidate Zuma will address the challenges facing them.
  • Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela holds his Amnesty International 'Ambassador of Conscience' Award for 2006, in Johannesburg 01 November 2006. The award was presented to Mandela by the distinguished South African writer and Nobel Literature Laureate Nadine Gordimer. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
    
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Nelson Mandela, whose successful struggle against South Africa's apartheid system of racial segregation and discrimination made him a global symbol for the cause of human rights and earned him the Nobel Prize, died. He was 95.

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