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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a great leader who spent his entire adult life working for equality and justice in South ___________________________. Mandela has ___________________________ people around the world to work non-violently for a better life.

Mandela was born on January 18, 1918, in ___________________________ Africa. He was named Rolihlahla, which means "troublemaker" in the Xhosa language. Mandela's ___________________________ was the ruler of the Thembu people and his father was a local ___________________________.

Mandela fought against apartheid, the laws that established ___________________________ separation and oppression in South Africa. He was ___________________________ for this and sentenced to life in prison in 1964. After spending 27 ___________________________ in prison, he was released and was later ___________________________ President of South Africa.

Mandela served as ___________________________ of South Africa from 1994 until 1999 (he refused a ___________________________ term). He championed reconciliation, the peaceful ___________________________ of grievances after decades of repressive ___________________________ against black South Africans. Without Mandela's leadership, South Africa might well have lapsed into a bloody ___________________________ war.

Mandela died on December 5, 2013, at the age of 95. He died of natural causes after a long ___________________________. He will be remembered as one of the greatest peace-makers and ___________________________ of all time.


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