One of the most remarkable, influential, resilient, redemptive and courageous men of modern days, Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 95.
President Obama stated "Madiba" was a man who lived with fierce dignity, a man of courage, compassion. Obama stated he could not imagine his own life without the inspiration of Mandela, who continues to set an example of hope and not fear.
Mandela was released from prison in 1990 after 27 years of imprisonment. As a young lawyer at 25 he fought against apartheid, the brutal rule of a minority white population, over millions of native black South Africans.The organization he fought with was the ANC or African National Congress against an oppression much more severe than the South of the U.S.
Mandela would be the global Martin Luther King, Jr of the late 20th Century. He was rewarded as the first black president of South Africa after the 'one person one vote' election of April 1994. Mandela was inaugurated as president May 10, 1994.
Nelson Mandela transformed the formerly white ruled South Africa to become an inclusive nation through non-violent means.
President Mandela governed with determination to eradicate poverty, improve health, promote equality, and employ balance and fairness to all citizens of South Africa. He would bestow his grace and wisdom with and upon many national leaders throughout his life.
On June 12, 2013 Mandela's health began to deterrioate from a respiratory illness. His condition remained serious with periodic improvements. He was released from the hospital and would spend his final days of rest at home.