Remembering Nelson Mandela
Today we remember former South African president and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday at the age of 95. Devoted to ending apartheid, Mandela served as an inspiration to many for his message of reconciliation and forgiveness, and a peaceful end to years of segregation.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite”.
- Nelson Mandela
Imprisoned for 27 years for his involvement in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, Mandela emerged from his release in 1990 ready to lead his country to a peaceful end to decades of apartheid. In 1993, Mandela was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime and laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa.” Soon after, he would become the first black president of South Africa.
The world has lost one of the most inspirational and beloved leaders in history. In honor of Nelson Mandela’s memory, we share with you a Geni project devoted to his life, family and legacy.