The next issue of The New Yorker magazine will feature a special cover image of Nelson Mandela in response to the South African president’s death which was announced on Thursday.
Artist Kadir Nelson drew the cover, titled “Madiba.”
“He was clearly a leader. I wanted to make a simple and bold statement about Mandela and his life as a freedom fighter,” Kadir said. “The raised fist and the simple, stark palette reminded me of posters and anti-apartheid imagery of the nineteen-eighties. This painting is a tribute to the struggle for freedom from all forms of discrimination, and Nelson’s very prominent role as a leader in the anti-apartheid movement.
Photo credit: The New Yorker.