Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela!

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(Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Former South African president, Nelson Mandela turns 94 today! Mandela held office from 1994 to 1999, and was the first South African president ever to be elected in a fully democratic election.

Prior to his presidency, Mandela led the fight against apartheid, the systematic racial segregation enforced by the South African National Party.

He was arrested in 1962 and sentenced to life in prison. Mandela went on to serve 27 years. His incarceration led to an international movement, to free Nelson Mandela and all other political prisoners in South Africa.

Mandela’s 1990 release from prison was broadcast live all over the world. Mandela went on to lead his party in negotiations that dismantled apartheid and established the first South African democracy in 1994.

As President, he introduced policies aimed at combating poverty and inequality in South Africa.

A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Mandela’s political impact has resounded on a global scale.

-Jennifer Hall, CBS Local

Check out Mandela’s inaugural address from when he took office in 1994.

http://youtu.be/grh03-NjHzc

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