HOUGHTON, South Africa (21Alive) - Nelson Mandela, a former South African president imprisoned for more than a quarter century for fighting apartheid, died Thursday.
He was 95 years old.
Mandela battled South Africa's imposed racial segregation through peaceful demonstration and through military means, ultimately sentenced to life in prison on treason charges.
Mandela would be freed in 1989 after 27 years of hard labor in a stone quarry, when South African president F.W. de Klerk would assume power.
De Klerk and Mandela would work for the next few years to end racial strife in South Africa; and the two would win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
In April 1994, Mandela was elected president of South Africa. Though his term lasted a mere five days, he symbolized a dramatic change in South African politics and race relations.
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