An anti-apartheid revolutionary, a politician and a philanthropist are all characteristics to describe a great man, Nelson Mandela. Born on July 18, 1918, Mandela dreamed of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle. There is no dispute that he accomplished his dream. Mandela dedicated his life to tackling institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. He served a 27 year prison sentence and was only released in 1990 after international lobbying. Upon his release, Mandela was elected to serve as the first black President of South Africa. Having gained international acclaim, Mandela was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize among many others in his lifetime. Mandela once said, “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Tanya Free and Friends honor and thank the father of South Africa for his dedication to justice.
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