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Nelson Mandela Biography for children

Nelson Mandela
by Judith P. Josephson

(Lerner Publications, 2009)

In 1918, the year Nelson Mandela was born, unjust laws limited the rights of black people in South Africa. When he grew up, Nelson became their voice. For his part in the freedom struggle, he spent twenty-seven years in a lonely island prison.

After his release, Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president. Son of a chief. Fighter for freedom. Father of a changed nation.

He died December 5, 2013 at the age of 95. Over sixty heads of state from countries all over the world journeyed to South Africa to honor him, and thousands other people mourned his death.

For news stories about Nelson Mandela's life, see these links:

Read all about his story in this biography.

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