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Friday, December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela Dies at 95

 This photo was taken at a news conference ahead of the second 46664 concert near the small Southern Cape province town of George. The South African Anti-Apartheid hero Nelson Mandela died at age 95 at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection, plunging his nation and the world into mourning for a man hailed by global leaders as a moral giant. Although Mandela had been frail and ailing for nearly 1 year. Tributes began flooding in almost immediately for a man who was an iconic global symbol of struggle against injustice and of racial reconciliation. Mandela would receive a full state funeral, Zuma said ordering their flags to be flown at half mast. The U.N. Security Council was in session when the ambassadors received the news of Mandela's death. They stopped their meeting and stood for a minute's of silence. Mandela rose from rural obscurity to challenge the might of white minority apartheid government. A struggle that gave the 20th Century one of it's most respected and loved figures. He was among the first to advocate armed resistance to apartheid in 1960, but was quick to preach reconciliation and forgiveness when the country's white minority began easing its grip on power 30 yrs. later. He was elected president in landmark all-race elections in 1994 and retired in 1999. 
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