Nelson Mandela, Champion of Human Rights, Passes Away
Nelson Mandela who became South Africa’s first black president after the end of apartheid in 1994 has passed away. Mandela’s health has been in decline for many years now, and he last made a public appearance at the 2010 World Cup. Mandela became a national hero while he in prison on Robben Island serving a life sentence for sabotage . Thanks to international outcry Mandela was released in 1990. Becoming a symbol in the fight against human-rights violations in South Africa, he became president of the African National Congress, which worked to end the country’s apartheid system. His position allowed him to negotiate with President F.W. de Klerk to end apartheid and establish the country’s first multi-race elections in 1994, ultimately leading to his election as the country’s first black president. As president, Mandela worked to draft South Africa’s first constitution that aimed to make up for the country’s past civil-rights abuses. Their constitution became the first in the world to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians. The legacy of this amazing international hero continues through the help of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
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