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Scenes from Nelson Mandela memorial in South Africa

bo 3Exactly 20 years ago today, former South African prisoner Nelson Mandela and former apartheid president FW De Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for successfully negotiating the end of South African apartheid.

Twenty years later, President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and more than 100 leaders from the  United States and around the world joined South Africans to memorialize the life of the revolutionary-turned-president, Nelson Mandela.

nm0Obama was joined by former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Hillary Rodham Clinton as the American president held FNB Stadium spellbound before thousands of jubilant Mandela admirers in Soweto — the very Johannesburg township where Mandela and the anti-apartheid leaders staged their historic resistance.

On the other side of the Atlantic, the sentiments were summarized succinctly by one social media observer:

Take a look at some of the photographic highlights from the Mandela memorial in South Africa.



  1. Sherri Etienne on December 10, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    We mourn the Death of a Hero. May he rest peacefully in the heavens above. God Bless #nelsonmandela

  2. Sherri Etienne on December 10, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Terry Shropshire, I know you’re super busy and in such high demand :), but would you mind contacting me @ [email protected]. I only need 1 minute of your time.Thank you dear!