Nelson Mandela was one of the great moral and political leaders of the twentieth century, an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. He was also a son, a husband, a father and a grandfather ...

Nelson Mandela

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Everyone should have an English name ... Yours will be Nelson The earliest photo of Nelson Mandela, at the age of 19 A young Mandela in traditional dress Mandela, the boxer
The only existing image of Nelson Mandela in the law office he ran with Oliver Tambo in downtown Johannesburg, 1952 Mandela burning his pass book during the 1952 Defiance Campaign Mandela married Winnie Madikizela in June 1958 Mandela outside court during the 1958 treason trial
A pamphlet reproducing Nelson Mandela's speech at the Rivonia Trial of 1964. Mandela had been jailed in August 1962. August 1983 poster calling for the release of Nelson Mandela, from the ANC newspaper Sechaba In 1985 the Greater London Council unveiled a statue of Mandela near the Royal Festival Hall A 1987 poster calling for the release of Nelson Mandela
The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute Concert held in June 1988 at  Wembley Stadium, London Free At Last? - Time magazine, 5 February 1990 FREE AT LAST! - Cape Times, 11 February 1990 Mandela and Winnie on his release from prison
Community newspaper Grassroots documents Nelson Mandela's release from prison in February 1990 Time magazine, 2 July 1990 Time magazine, 3 January 1994 'Mandela for President' - Nelson Mandela on ANC posters for the 1994 elections
City Press, 24 April 1994, three days before the first democratic South African election A ballot paper for the 1994 democratic elections Mandela casts his vote on 27 April 1994 It's President Mandela! - The Star, 3 May 1994
Time magazine, 9 May 1994 10 May 1994: Mandela addresses the crowd after his inauguration as president SA becomes a beacon of hope as President Mandela takes oath of office - The Star, 10 May 1994. In 1994 Mandela paid a return visit to his Robben Island cell
Mandela congratulating Springbok captain Francois Pienaar after the SA team clinched the 1996 Rugby World Cup 46664, Nelson Mandela's prison number, is used for a campaign to raise awareness of  HIV/Aids Annie Lennox performs at the inaugural 46664 concert in Cape Town in 2003 The launch 46664 concert was watched by some 2-billion people across the world
Mandela addresses the crowd at the inaugural 46664 concert in Cape Town in 2003 Fans at the 46664 Arctic concert in Tromso, Norway, in July 2005 Nelson Mandela on stage at the 46664 Arctic concert in Tromso, Norway, in July 2005 Fans walk past an image of Nelson Mandela outside the 46664 Arctic concert in Tromso, Norway, in July 2005
Mandela with his wife Graca Machel and Archbishop Desmond Tutu Peace! Mandela and Bono at the Laureus World Sports Awards Mandela joins other international celebrity Aids activists in a photo to promote the We All Have Aids campaign Mandela with Presley Chweneyagae and Terry Pheto, stars of the Oscar-winning movie Tsotsi
Mandela addresses over 22 000 people in Trafalgar Square on behalf of the Make Poverty History coalition Mandela with US President George W Bush at the White House The famous Mandela jive The famous Mandela jiving statue
The official ANC portrait of Mandela A funky drinks coaster uses a jazzed-up version of the official ANC portrait of Mandela A mosaic of Mandela A souvenir plate, the first item sold at Mandela's home in Soweto on the day it opened as a museum
Peace! Nelson Mandela in a safe-sex poster Portraits of Mandela at the Mandela House museum in Soweto Badges celebrating Mandela's release from prison in 1990 Mural of Mandela
Statue of Mandela in Pretoria Mandela as a cartoon superhero, vanquishing invading aliens Nelson Mandela at the International Women's Forum conference A Zapiro cartoon in the Sunday Times of 27 June 2004, marking Mandela's retirement
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Gallery compiled by Mary Alexander

Particular thanks to the Nelson Mandela National Museum

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