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December 6, 2013

What did Nelson Mandela's life mean to you?

The former South African president was the 'father of the nation' and an icon for the world.

South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 14, 2005. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE

Nelson Mandela has died. The 95-year old father of South Africa led the country against the apartheid system and eventually became the country’s first black president. In an address to the nation to announce his death on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma said, "He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our people have lost a father," echoing the sentiments of many across the country and the world. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison after being convicted of treason by the white minority government, only to be released in 1990 and to unite a nation deeply divided by race. As the world mourns, what do you think is Mandela’s legacy? 

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