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Paying Tribute to Madiba on Mandela Day

To see more tributes to activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela, explore the #MandelaDay and #Madiba hashtags.

Nelson Mandela was only 33 years old when a speech he gave incited a protest in Durban and first landed him in jail. Over the next 10 years, Mandela would be arrested three more times for his work fighting South Africaโ€™s oppressive apartheid regime until a 1962 conviction for sedition sent him to prison for the next 27 years.

โ€œI was hoping to capture some sense of the hardships he suffered,โ€ retired Johannesburg math lecturer Vivien Budge (@vivbudge) says of the young Mandela portrait she painted, โ€œthe anger he must have felt at the injustices he witnessed and the relentless tenacity, determination and courage with which he fought for his beliefs.โ€

After his release in 1990, Mandela helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa and became the countryโ€™s first black democratically elected President. Mandela, who died last December but would have been 96 today, continues to inspire South Africans and others around the world to this day.