The iconic figure of the struggle against apartheid, Nelson Mandela won the hearts of South Africa and the world. Feb. 11, 2010, marks the 20th anniversary of his release from jail, after 27 years in the grip of the racist system he helped destroy.
Born into a royal clan on July 18, 1918, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, Nelson Mandela remains to this day an enduring and emblematic leader even as he has progressively retreated from the public spotlight.
Mandela's historic walk re-enacted
Date created : 2010-02-10