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The Voice of Triumph
Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, is an embodiment of struggle and triumph. Having spent 27 years in prison for his beliefs in social justice and equality, he became the country’s first black head of state.
Getting It Done
Upon his election he helped dismantle the institutionalized racism (see Apartheid) of the country and worked to reconcile the racial divide. Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts and became internationally recognized as personification of successful social activism. In his own words, “it always seems impossible until it is done.”