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Nelson Mandela

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The Mandela Rhodes Foundation celebrated Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday in 2008 in Bishopscourt, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. He was born July 18, 1918, in the village of Mvezo. Despite being imprisoned and isolated for nearly three decades because of his activism with the African National Congress, he became a symbol and leader of the anti-apartheid movement. He died at age 95.