Nelson Mandela Died at Age 95

by Rachel Baker on December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela died yesterday at the age of 95.

When the news came, many were attending a London screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,  the movie that is due out this month.  The movie is based on the book, Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela.

If you are interested in reading more about Nelson Mandela, and I encourage everyone to do so, here’s a list of books to assist in increasing your knowledge about a great leader.

Here are a list of articles on the passing of Nelson Mandela. The NYTimes article is nine pages with history, with also links to a timeline and speeches.

Mr. Mandela ultimately died at home at 8:50 p.m. local time, and he will be buried according to his wishes in the village of Qunu, where he grew up. The exhumed remains of three of his children were reinterred there in early July under a court order, resolving a family squabble that had played out in the news media.

Mr. Mandela’s quest for freedom took him from the court of tribal royalty to the liberation underground to a prison rock quarry to the presidential suite of Africa’s richest country. And then, when his first term of office was up, unlike so many of the successful revolutionaries he regarded as kindred spirits, he declined a second term and cheerfully handed over power to an elected successor, the country still gnawed by crime, poverty, corruption and disease but a democracy, respected in the world and remarkably at peace.

The NYTimes obituary article is nine pages with history, with also links to a timeline and speeches.

There is a more comprehensive list of articles here:

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