Nelson Mandela Dies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
South African president says Nelson Mandela has died at age 95.

(MGN Online)

His death closes the final chapter in Africa's struggle to cast off white rule, leaving the world with indelible memories of a man of astonishing grace and good humor.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Nelson Mandela, a colossus of the 20th century, emerged from 27 years in prison, to topple apartheid with iron discipline, hardheaded realism, and a common touch that endeared him to whites who had been conditioned to regard him as their bitter enemy.

His death closes the final chapter in Africa's struggle to cast off white rule, leaving the world with indelible memories of a man of astonishing grace and good humor.

Rock concerts celebrated his birthday, Hollywood stars glorified him on screen, and his regal bearing, graying hair and raspy voice made him instantly recognizable across the globe.

As South Africa's first black president, the ex-boxer, lawyer, and prisoner No. 46664 paved the way to racial reconciliation with well-chosen gestures of forgiveness. South Africans celebrate his legacy and mourn their loss.


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