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Nelson Mandela: A Leader Who Dedicated His Life To Others
Some knew South African leader Nelson Mandela personally while many only knew him from afar, but they shared how they drew inspiration from his strength and looked to live his message of continuing the struggle against social injustice and for human rights.
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2005, file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, 87, is in a jovial mood at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, where he met with the winner and runner-up of the local "Idols" competition. South Africa's president says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)
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FILE - In this May 19, 1998 file photo, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, left, shares a laugh with South Africa President Nelson Mandela at a meeting of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Keystone, Patrick Aviolat, File)
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FILE - In this July 24, 2007, file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, who turned 89 years old on July 18, laughs while celebrating his birthday with children at the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund in Johannesburg. South Africa's president says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)
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FILE - In this May 15, 2004 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela lifts the World Cup trophy in Zurich, Switzerland, after FIFA's executive committee announced that South Africa would host the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament. Mandela was pivotal in helping the country win the right to host the tournament. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma said, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2005 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, walks with the Rev. Jesse Jackson after their meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)
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FILE - In this March 23, 1999 file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela, left, and American pop singer Michael Jackson arrive at a news conference in Cape Town, South Africa, where Jackson announced dates for two concerts with profits to go to various funds including the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Obed Zilwa, File)

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FILE - In this Thursday, April 29, 1999 file photo, President Boris Yeltsin, centre, and South African President Nelson Mandela watch as Yeltsin's wife Naina, foreground gives flowers to Mandela's daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini during a welcoming ceremony in the Kremlin, Russia. Mandela passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, after a long illness. He was 95. As word of Mandela's death spread, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers, and people around the world spoke about the life and legacy of the former South African leader. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

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FILE - In this Feb. 3, 1996 file photo, South Africa's captain Neil Tovey hoists the African Nations Cup trophy in the air after it was presented to him by President Nelson Mandela, right, following South Africa's 2-0 win over Tunisia in the final match in Johannesburg. "Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination," Mandela said. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma said, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Cobus Bodenstein, File)
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FILE - In this May 10, 1994, file photo, Nelson Mandela dances at a celebration concert in Pretoria, South Africa, following his inauguration as the country's first black president. South Africa's president says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/John Parkin, File)
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File-This Nov. 17, 2001 file photo shows Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel sharing a private moment during a ceremony to rename a school Nelson Mandela Park Public School in Toronto. The former South African president, who spent much of 2013 in and out of the hospital, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at age 95. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
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CAPTION CORRECTS THE DATE OF DEATH FILE - In this Thursday, April 29, 1999, file photo, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, right, and South African President Nelson Mandela, greet each other during a welcoming ceremony at the Kremlin, Russia. Mandela passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, after a long illness. He was 95. As word of Mandela's death spread, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers, and people around the world spoke about the life and legacy of the former South African leader. (AP Photo/Mikhail Japaridze, file)

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This file photo from 1994 shows former South African president Nelson Mandela, right, holding hands with former Bishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town South Africa. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jerry Holt, File)

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This file photo from 1994 shows Nelson Mandela. Mandela, the former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who waged a long and ultimately victorious struggle against apartheid, died on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, South African President Jacob Zuma said. He was 95. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jerry Holt, File)
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This file photo from 1994 shows Nelson Mandela dancing with Coretta Scott King after hew was elected as South Africa's first black president during a African National Congress victory party held in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jerry Holt, File)

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File-This Sept. 15, 1998 file photo shows South African President Nelson Mandela on the jumbotron at the SkyDome in Toronto. The former South African president, who spent much of 2013 in and out of the hospital, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at age 95. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Kevin Frayer)

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This Nov. 17, 2001 file photo shows former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, and former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark listening to speakers at a private party in Toronto. The former South African president, who spent much of 2013 in and out of the hospital, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at age 95. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Harris)
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FILE - This June 27, 2008 file photo shows Nelson Mandela, left, speaking as Will Smith, second from left, Annie Lennox, center, and Jada Pinket Smith, right, look on at the 46664 charity concert in honor of Mandela's upcoming 90th birthday in London. Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist laws of the land had fallen and he was among the worlds most admired people, Mandela inspired concerts, songs, poems, fiction and movies.(AP Photo/Edmond Terakopian, file)
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2002 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, and American talk show host Oprah Winfrey participate in a ground breaking ceremony for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Meyerton, South Africa. Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist laws of the land had fallen and he was among the worlds most admired people, Mandela inspired concerts, songs, poems, fiction and movies. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)
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FILE - In this May 17, 1996 file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela, left, and actor Sidney Poitier appear at a news conference in Cape Town. Poitier is in South Africa making a film in which he portrays Mandela, alongside Michael Caine, who plays former President F. W. de Klerk in "Mandela and de Klerk," about the country's transition from a white minority government to black majority rule. Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist laws of the land had fallen and he was among the worlds most admired people, Mandela inspired concerts, songs, poems, fiction and movies.(AP Photo/Sasa Kralj, File)

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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 15,1999, file photo, American actor and singer Harry Belafonte poses with his wife, Julie, and South African President Nelson Mandela, front, in Pretoria, South Africa. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma said, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)
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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 1993 file photo, South African Deputy President F.W. de Klerk, right, and South African President Nelson Mandela pose with their Nobel Peace Prize Gold Medals and Diplomas in Oslo. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/NTB, File)
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FILE - In this April 27, 1994, file photo, African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela casts his vote during South Africa's first all-race elections at Ohlange High School in Inanda, South Africa, 10 miles (15 kilometers) north of Durban. South Africa's president says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/John Parkin, File)
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FILE - In this June 24, 1995 file photo, South African rugby captain Francios Pienaar, right, receives the Rugby World Cup trophy from President Nelson Mandela, left, who wears a South African rugby shirt, after South Africa defeated New Zealand in the finals in Johannesburg. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Ross Setford, File)
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FILE - In this May 10, 1994 file photo, Nelson Mandela takes the oath of office in Pretoria, South Africa, to become the country's first black president. South Africa's president says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/David Brauchli, File)
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FILE - In this March 27, 1998 file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela, left, and U.S. President Bill Clinton peer through the bars of prison cell No. 5, the cramped, gray cell where Mandela was jailed for 18 years in his struggle against apartheid, on Robben Island, South Africa. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Rick Wilking, Pool)
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FILE - In this March 17, 1997 file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela, left, shows the way to Britain's Princess Diana in Cape Town, South Africa, where they discussed the threat of AIDS in the country. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Sasa Kralj, File)
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 1990, file photo, African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela gives the black power salute to 120,000 ANC supporters packing Soccer City stadium in the Soweto township of Johannesburg, South Africa, shortly after his release from 27 years in prison. South Africa's president says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo, File)
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FILE - In this July 11, 2010, file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, waves to spectators next to his wife, Graca Machel, ahead of the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma said, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2002 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, right, and American talk show host Oprah Winfrey embrace during a ground breaking ceremony for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Meyerton, South Africa. Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist laws of the land had fallen and he was among the worlds most admired people, Mandela inspired concerts, songs, poems, fiction and movies. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

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FILE - In this July 7, 1991, file photo, newly-elected African National Congress President Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, greet the crowd after arriving at a rally and a week-long national ANC conference held inside South Africa for the first time in 30 years. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma said, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/John Parkin, File)
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FILE - In this May 21, 2003 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, poses with England's soccer captain, David Beckham, in Johannesburg. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma said, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Shayne Robinson, Pool, File)
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CAPTION CORRECTS THE DATE OF DEATH FILE - In this Thursday, April 29, 1999, file photo, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, right, shakes hands with South African President Nelson Mandela during a welcoming ceremony at the Kremlin, Russia. Mandela passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, after a long illness. He was 95. As word of Mandela's death spread, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers, and people around the world spoke about the life and legacy of the former South African leader. (AP Photo/Mikhail Japaridze, file)

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FILE - In this Saturday, May 29, 2010, file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, right, shakes hands with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, during a reunion with The Elders, three years after he launched the group, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mandela died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, after a long illness. He was 95. (AP Photo/Jeff Moore, Pool, File)
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File-This Nov. 17, 2001 file photo shows former South African President Nelson Mandela smiling prior to receiving an honorary degree during a ceremony at Ryerson University in Toronto. The former South African president, who spent much of 2013 in and out of the hospital, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at age 95. (AP Photo/ The Canadian Press, Aaron Harris)
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FILE - In this May 25, 2002 file photo, Irish rock star Bono, right, and former South African President Nelson Mandela pose after meeting at Mandela's residence at Houghton in Johannesburg, South Africa. Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist laws of the land had fallen and he was among the worlds most admired people, Mandela inspired concerts, songs, poems, fiction and movies. (AP Photo/Juda Ngwenya, File)
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FILE - In this July 30, 2001 file photo, former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, right, speaks during a press conference alongside British model Naomi Campbell in Barcelona, Spain, before the 'Frock and Roll' benefit concert to raise money for the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist laws of the land had fallen and he was among the worlds most admired people, Mandela inspired concerts, songs, poems, fiction and movies.(AP Photo/Cesar Rangel, File)
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FILE - In this file photo from Monday Aug. 6, 2012, former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela, then 94, is seen at his home in Qunu, South Africa during a visit from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. On Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, Mandela died at the age of 95. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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FILE - In this Oct. 3, 1994 file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela addresses the 49th United Nations General Assembly session, five months after being inaugurated at South Africa's first black president. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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FILE - In this July 11, 2010 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, sits next to his wife, Graca Machel, as they are driven across the field ahead of the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 1990 file photo, Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela give black power salutes as they enter Soccer City stadium in the Soweto township of Johannesburg, South Africa, shortly after his release from 27 years in prison. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Udo Weitz, File)
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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 1998 file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela, right, and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat gesture during a meeting in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Sasa Kralj, File)
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FILE - In this June 15, 1990 file photo, Pope John Paul II, right, shakes hands with Nelson Mandela, deputy leader of African National Congress, during a private audience at the Vatican. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Claudio Luffoli, File)
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FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2003 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, from left, with U.S. singer Beyonce Knowles and British singer Annie Lennox on Robben Island in Cape Town, South Africa. The singers were in town to perform at the Nelson Mandela 46664 AIDS Awareness concert. Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist laws of the land had fallen and he was among the worlds most admired people, Mandela inspired concerts, songs, poems, fiction and movies. (AP Photo/Obed Zilwa, File)
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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 1996 file photo, the Dalai Lama, left, walks hand-in-hand with South African President Nelson Mandela prior to an official reception at the presidential office in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Sasa Kralj, File)
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 1990, file photo, Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, raise clenched fists as they walk hand-in-hand upon his release from prison in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa's president says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Greg English, File)
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File-This Nov. 19, 2001 file photo shows former South African president Nelson Mandela smiling after receiving his certificate of citizenship at a ceremony making him an honourary citizen of Canada in Hull, Quebec. The former South African president, who spent much of 2013 in and out of the hospital, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at age 95. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Tom Hanson)
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This file photo from 1994 shows newly election South African president Nelson Mandela holding hands with former South African president F.W. de Klerk in Cape Town South Africa. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jerry Holt, File)
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FILE - In this May 8, 1996 file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela, center, applauds along with his two deputy presidents, Thabo Mbeki, left, and F.W. de Klerk, after a new constitution was approved by the Constitutional Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Argus, Leon Muller, File)

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FILE - In this April 14, 1994, file photo, African National Congress President Nelson Mandela, left, laughs as he shakes hands with President F.W de Klerk in Johannesburg, South Africa, prior to an internationally televised debate. South Africa's president says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/John Parkin, Pool, File)
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FILE - In this April 29, 1999 file photo, President Boris Yeltsin, right, shakes hands with South African President Nelson Mandela in Moscow. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, File)
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FILE - In this July 9, 1996 file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela stands with Queen Elizabeth II on his arrival at Buckingham Palace in London for a state banquet in his honor. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/WPA ROTA, Pool)
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FILE - A July 9, 1996 photo from files of Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa, and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II riding in a carriage along the Mall, London, on the first full day of his state visit to Britain. South African President, Jacob Zuma, announced the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, aged 95, to the media Thursday evening Dec. 5, 2013, in South Africa. (AP Photo/PA, David Cheskin, File) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
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FILE - In this July 23, 1998 file photo, South African President Nelson Mandela greets a crowd outside the National Congress building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as he arrives for a meeting of the four-nation South American Common Market, or Mercosur. South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Daniel Muzio, File)
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FILE - This Nov. 29, 2003 file photo shows former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, kissing U.S. singer Beyonce Knowles, at the Nelson Mandela AIDS Benefit Concert in Cape Town, South Africa. Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist laws of the land had fallen and he was among the worlds most admired people, Mandela inspired concerts, songs, poems, fiction and movies. (AP Photo/file)

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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 1990 file photo, Nelson Mandela, right, with his wife, Winnie, participate in a South African Communist Party Rally in the fully-packed Soccer City stadium in Soweto, South Africa, shortly after his release from 27 years in prison. South Africa's President Jacob Zuma said, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Nelson Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo, File)

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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2007, file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela pauses during a statue unveiling ceremony in his honor at Parliament Square in London. South Africa's president says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. South Africa's president says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Daniel Berehulak, Pool, File)
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The casket of Nelson Mandela is brought in a military parade on a gun carriage from the family home to the funeral tent, prior to his burial, in Qunu, South Africa Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Elmond Jiyane, GCIS)

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Nelson Mandela's former wife, hugs South African President Jacob Zuma following his speech during the funeral service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Qunu, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. Right is Nelson Mandelas widow Graca Machel. (AP Photo/Odd Andersen, Pool)

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, left, Nelson Mandela's former wife, left and Nelson Mandelas widow Graca Machel stand over the former South African president's casket during his funeral service in Qunu, South Africa, Sunday, December 15, 2013. The woman on the right is unidentified. (AP Photo/Odd Andersen, Pool)

Nelson Mandela: A Leader Who Dedicated His Life To Others

Some knew South African leader Nelson Mandela personally while many only knew him from afar, but they shared how they drew inspiration from his strength and looked to live his message of continuing the struggle against social injustice and for human rights.

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