18 July 1918 − 5 December 2013
A leader of his people
Nelson Mandela was the first black President of South Africa. He spent 27 years in prison for trying to overthrow the pro-apartheid government. After he left prison, he worked to achievehuman rights and a better future for everyone in South Africa.
When did he live?
Nelson Mandela was born in 1918. He was in prison from 1962 to 1990. He became President of South Africa in 1994, and retired in 1999.
Why is he famous?
Nelson Mandela became famous for his long fight against bad government andracial prejudice. He became a hero to people all over the world. As South Africa’s President, he was respected for his courage and wisdom in bringing people together to live in peace.