A moment watched around the world, as the President of South Africa delivered the sad news.
Nelson Mandela died thursday, at the age of 95.
The announcement came just before midnight in South Africa. Shortly after, President Obama offered his condolences.
Nelson Mandela's life began in a tiny village in South Africa, a small corner of the country where he would make an extraordinary difference.
Mandela joined the African National Congress at a time of white rule in his country.
When the ANC formed an armed resistance to the apartheid system he was charged with treason and sentenced to life in prison.
For many years, he endured hard labor at one of South Africa's most remote and harshest prisons.
In 1990, after 27 years in prison, he was freed at age 71.
Within just a few years, apartheid ended, Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize and was elected South Africa's first black President.
Mandela also achieved another dream for his country in 2010 when South Africa hosted the soccer World Cup.
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