Nelson Mandela dies

Posted on 05 Dec 2013 at 4:04pm
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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, father of modern South Africa, died today at the age of 95.

After spending 27 years in prison under apartheid, Mandela led his country in a peaceful transition toward democracy and equality. The country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission became a model for peace.

The LGBT community will remember Mandela as a friend. The new South African constitution became the first one in the world to guarantee equal rights based on sexual orientation and allow same-sex marriage.

Mandela served as South Africa’s president from 1994-1999. He had been released from prison in 1990. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and 250 additional honors including the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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