On February 11, 1990 at the age of 71 anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years. Three years later he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Mandela was the first South African President elected in a fully represented democratic election, and served from 1994 – 1999. God bless him.
During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to the struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. – Nelson Mandela, 20 April 1964, statement from the dock at the opening of the defense case in the Rivonia Trial