Today we remember the life of Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday after a lengthy illness. From 1994-1999, Mandela served as the first black president of South Africa after spending decades as a political prisoner and leader of the anti-apartheid freedom movement there. Current South African President Jacob Zuma, in announcing Mandela's passing, observed, "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."
You will find many books and media items about Nelson Mandela, including his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, at your Milwaukee Public Library. You may also be interested in learning about the apartheid system in South Africa that Mandela worked for decades to overturn or about the post-apartheid era, including the truth and reconciliation process to which Mandela was so committed.
Nelson Mandela's courage, dignity, and moral leadership inspired millions of people, not only in his home country, but across the continent of Africa and around the world.