Born: 7/18/1918 Mvezo, South Africa
Died: 12/5/2013 Johannesburg, South Africa
Mandela spent most of his life campaigning for an end to apartheid in South Africa. After over 20 years in prison, he was released and was able to be the first elected President in post apartheid South Africa. Also admired for his forgiveness and willingness to reach out to the white community in South Africa.
Awards / Achievements:
- Bharat Ratna (1990)
- Nobel Peace Prize (1993)
- Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Sakharov Prize (1988)