The Life of Nelson Mandela In Photos


Nelson Mandela sits in a meeting with Mandela Rhodes Scholars in Johannesburg, South Africa in Jan. 2006.

Mandela with his wife Winnie on their wedding day in June 1958.

Protests in Pretoria, South Africa in June 1964 on the day Mandela and seven others were sentenced to life imprisonment.

A photo taken in 2009 of Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, from 1964 to 1982, before his transfer to two different prisons in Cape Town.

Mandela leaving Victor prison in Cape Town, South Africa in Feb. 1990 with his wife, Winnie, after 27 years of imprisonment.

Mandela with President Bill Clinton honoring two South African leaders in Philadelphia in July 1993.

Nelson Mandela greets supporters at a stadium near Kimberley, South Africa during his campaign for president of South Africa in Feb. 1994. At the time, he was president of the African National Congress.

Nelson Mandela dances on stage before his victory address in May 1994 after he was elected the first black president of South Africa.

Nelson Mandela sits with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2008 at the launch of an exhibit at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mandela with Michelle, Sasha and Malia Obama during their visit to his home in June 2011.