Nelson Mandela, 1958 Mandela family photo

Nelson Mandela, 1958

Taken in South Africa in .

A photo of Nelson Mandela, taken in 1958. He was born July 18, 1918 in Mvezo in Cape Province, now a part of South Africa. Given the name Rolihlahla ("troublemaker"), some would say that he lived up ... show more

A photo of Nelson Mandela, taken in 1958. He was born July 18, 1918 in Mvezo in Cape Province, now a part of South Africa. Given the name Rolihlahla ("troublemaker"), some would say that he lived up to the name in the best way.

Actively working against apartheid in his native South Africa, he was jailed in 1962 and remained in jail (under very poor conditions) until February, 1990.

From 1994 through 1999, Mandela was President of South Africa and presided over the move from apartheid to a multi-cultural democracy in South Africa. While retiring in "active" politics in 1999, he continued to be active for causes internationally. Certainly, the "troublemaker" hasn't caused trouble for the poor and downtrodden.

About Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Nelson Mandela was the first black president of South Africa and spent 27 years of his life behind bars for opposing white rule in his country. ...more about Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

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