Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa and a global icon of peace, died today at the age of 95.
Mandela, affectionately known as Madiba, served nearly 30 years in prison after being charged with inciting workers’ strikes and leaving the country without permission. His incarceration drew lots of attention as the global anti-apartheid movement expanded. While incarcerated, he earned a law degree by correspondence.
President Obama made a statement about Mandela’s impact on the world after his death was reported:
“He achieved more than could be expected of any man. Today he’s gone home, and we’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth.”