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Mandela at 95: Slideshow

By History.com Staff
Born Rolihlahla Mandela on July 18, 1918, into a royal family of the Xhosa-speaking Thembu tribe in the South African village of Mvezo, Nelson Mandela led a decades-long struggle against the oppressive restrictions of apartheid in South Africa. Released from prison in 1990 after spending 27 in years in jail, he was elected the country's first black president in 1994. He retired from politics in 1999, but has remained a global advocate for peace and social justice. As the world celebrates his 95th birthday, here's a look back at the life and legacy of the man known to his fellow South Africans and the world as "Madiba."

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