The South African activist and former president Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) has been an advocate for human rights his whole life. During his imprisonment, he was forbidden to write anything of political nature. He managed to smuggle out letters, statements, and a 500 page autobiography that continued to spark the anti-apartheid movement. Mandela inspired millions including then-president Obama. "I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela's life," said a visibly moved Obama in a tribute where world leaders mourned his death.
June 10th marks the day Mandela first wrote from prison. Since then, his works have been translated into countless languages, including all official 11 languages of South Africa. His brave actions demonstrate the importance of education and freedom for all. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” -- Nelson Mandela