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Published On: Fri, Dec 6th, 2013

Remembering Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s ‘greatest son’

Just as Hollywood honors the legacy of the great South African leader, Nelson Mandela has passed away.

Nelson Mandela is recovering well according to reports. photo South Africa The Good News / www.sagoodnews.co.za

photo South Africa The Good News / www.sagoodnews.co.za

“He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages,” President Obama said in a White House appearance.

“I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life,” he continued. “And like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set.”

Mandela died earlier Thursday at 95. He had spent much of the year in and out of the hospital, and his illness prevented a meeting with Obama when the U.S. president visited South Africa this summer.

The NY Times posted a detailed account of Mandela’s life from birth to death.

In 1956 he was arrested with 55 others on charges of treason for demanding South Africa becomes a nonracial state. Mandela wasn’t acquitted until 1961 and then goes underground, aiding the formation of the guerilla army.

Only a couple of years later he was arrested again, this time sentenced to life in prison. The protests begin in the mid-1970’s and Mandela remains jailed, even refusing a pardon unless the apartheid is dismantled.

1989-1990 sees the prisoners released, the ban lifted on the Mandela group and he ultimately freed from prison at age 71, over 27 years in prison.

Mandela wins the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and he wins presidency in 1994. He would retired from public eye in 2004, but would be in the headlines for over a year due to his failing health.

“Our nation has lost its greatest son,” President Jacob Zuma said in a televised address late Thursday night

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