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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (/mænˈdɛlə/; 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.

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A Jubilent Mandela

Nelson Mandela is seen celebrating with the South African national rugby team after presenting them with the Rugby World Cup trophy. This GIF helps us imagine what it would have been like to witness the event!

Contributed by Tony Hart

I would like to share one of my favorite quotes by the late Nelson Mandela. "Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world." I hope it resonates with you all as much as it does for me. I know all of you are on this site trying to expand your knowledge, share what you know, and even help fund your education with the Sussle Scholarship. Never give up on yourself or your education, because you can truly change the world!

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Today, July 18th, is Nelson Mandela's birthday! Image by: Saheed F Fawehinmi

Contributed by Atrice Alexis

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