The legendary Nelson Mandela, who went from prison to the presidency while uniting South Africa, passed away today at the age of 95. Remember the iconic fighter as a giant of the twentieth century, with calm elegance and an unforgettable smile.
In 1956, Nelson Mandela (third from right), leader of the African National Congress (ANC) and other militants charged with treason by the South-African Union walked to the room where their trial was being held.
June 14, 1958: Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela's wedding photo.
Circa 1960, with law partner Oliver Tambo.
Eight men, among them anti-Apartheid leader and member of the African National Congress (ANC) Nelson Mandela, sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia trial, leave the Palace of Justice in Pretoria, June, 16 1964, with their fists raised in defiance through the barred windows of the prison car.
Thousands of protesters march for the release of anti-Apartheid activist Nelson Mandela. Johannesburg, South Africa, circa 1987.
On his first official visit to Cape Town following his release, Nelson Mandela (left) is accompanied by Trevor Manuel, then head of the ANC’s Department of Economic Planning at the then DF Malan airport in Cape Town. On the right is anti-Apartheid activist Reggie September. Circa 1990.
Anti-Apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela (C, L) and his wife Winnie raise fists upon Mandela's release from Victor Verster prison on February 11, 1990 in Paarl.
South African National Congress (ANC) President Nelson Mandela (second from left), together with South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu (left), Mandela's then-wife Winnie (center), Walter Sisulu, ANC secretary-general, and former Robben Island prison inmate (second right), and Sisulu's wife Albertina, walk in this file photo taken on February 12, 1990 in the garden of Tutu's residence in Cape Town, one day after Mandela's release from the infamous jail.
February 12, 1990, posing for photographers during a photo session after his first press conference in Cape Town.
Anti-Apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela raises clenched fist, arriving to address mass rally, a few days after his release from jail, February 25, 1990, in the conservative Afrikaaner town of Bloemfontein, where ANC was formed 75 years earlier.
South African President F.W. de Klerk (left) and anti-Apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela speak on May 4, 1990 during a press briefing at the end of a three-day "talks about talks" between South African government and the ANC in Cape Town.
South African anti-Apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela raises his arms to acknowledge applause from members of the Senate and House of Representatives on June 26, 1990. Nelson Mandela was the third private citizen in history to address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress.
South African anti-Apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela (right) shakes hands with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher July 4, 1990 on the steps of 10 Downing Street.
Anti-Apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela salutes with a clenched fist, July 2, 1991, in Durban, as he arrives for the ANC's first national congress to be held in the country in the last 30 years.
ANC president Nelson Mandela is surrounded by young supporters after addressing residents at Phola Park, a squatter settlement east of Johannesburg, May 31, 1992. In his speech, he attacked President Frederik W. de Klerk for being responsible for the violence that killed scores of people in black townships.
South African ANC leader Nelson Mandela (left) and President FW de Klerk (center) are congratulated by President Bill Clinton after jointly receiving the Liberty Medal at Independence Hall. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 4, 1993.
Nelson Mandela campaigns in Cape Town prior to South Africa's first democratic election, in 1994.
ANC President Nelson Mandela clothed in leopard skin traditional clothes releases a white dove for peace at a rally to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the massacre of 69 black demonstrators by the police in Sharpville, south of Johannesburg.
On April 27, 1994, in Oshlange, black township near Durban, as he casts his vote during South Africa's first democratic and all-race general elections.
Sworn in as president of South Africa. May 10, 1994 in Pretoria.
Circa 1995, President Nelson Mandela in a prison cell on Robben Island, where he spent twenty years.
With Queen Elizabeth II in South Africa, 1995.
Tunisian President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali (right) receives from his South African counterpart Nelson Mandela the Order of Good Hope Class 1: Grand Cross (gold), on April 5, 1995 at Tuynhuis, in recognition for his personal contribution to the promotion of good relations between Tunisia and South Africa.
President Nelson Mandela (center) flanked by Zulu King Zwelithin (left) and Inkatha Freedom Party Leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi gather at Hluhluwe Game Reserve in Northern Nata.
South Africa's president Nelson Mandela congratulates the South African rugby team's captain François Pienaar before handing him the William Webb trophy after his team's victory over New Zealand (15–12) in the final of the Rugby World Cup at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, June 24, 1995.
South African president Nelson Mandela lays a wreath at the Thibella cemetry in Maseru on the graves of ANC actvists killed in Lesotho during SADF cross-border raids between 1982 and 1985. This is Mandela's first state visit to the mountain kingdom.
Pope John Paul II and South African President Nelson Mandela talk on September 16, 1995 at the presidential guest house in Pretoria.
Princess Diana met President Nelson Mandela in March 1997 while on a visit to Cape Town, five months before her death.
Nelson Mandela in a celebratory mood on his 79th birthday at the Culemborg exhibition centre on Cape Town’s Foreshore.
President Nelson Mandela of South Africa is flanked by his deputy Thabo Mbeki (left) and African National Congress (ANC) National Chairman Jacob Zuma at the ANC's 50th National Congress at Northwest University in Mmabato, northwest of Johannesburg, on December 16, 1997. At this conference, Mandela will be stepping down as the president of the ANC and leaving the presidency to Mbeki.
Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel, with her son and daughter Malenga (left) and Josina (right) at Genadendal, his Cape Town residence.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, dressed in traditional Shembe clothes, greets 30,000 followers of the Shembe Nazarite Church at Inanda some 45 kilometres from Durban.
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani watches former South African President Nelson Mandela sign the Wall of Nations, which represents the countries that lost individuals during the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center site, during a tour of ground zero.
Nelson Mandela and India's president Addul Kalam enjoy a joke at Mandelas office in Johannesburg.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela, accompanied by his wife Graca Machel, throws a rose on the grave of his son Makgatho in his village Qunu in the Eastern Cape. Mandela disclosed that his son had died of AIDS.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela sits at the Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture on July 12, 2008 in Soweto, Johannesburg.
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