In Memoriam: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

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In Memoriam: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Former South African President

Conversations with Myself coverFormer South African President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nelson Mandela passed away on Dec. 5, 2013. 

Mandela was an iconic figure for his fight against apartheid in South Africa. Active with the African National Congress (ANC) during the 1940s and 1950s, he was arrested several times. In 1963, after being initially charged with treason, he was tried for sabotage and conspiracy and imprisoned for the next 27 years.

During Mandela's time in prison, others continued the fight against apartheid and for his freedom finally gaining his release in 1990. Four years later, free and fair elections were held and apartheid came to an end. Mandela was inaugurated the first black President of South Africa on May 10, 1994.  After leaving office, he continued to remain active on the world stage, including addressing the AIDS/HIV epidemic.

Of local interest, Mandela first visited the District of Columbia in June 1990, shortly after his release from prison. Later visits to D.C. and Maryland followed, and he was named an honorary citizen in both places.

The library system has a number of books and materials by or about Mandela. One of his final books, Conversations with Myself (featured), was published in 2010 and is available to check out.

-- Elisa Babel, Adult Librarian