Nelson Mandela served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Beforehand, he was imprisoned for being a militant anti-apartheid activist. As president he brought democracy to South Africa and fought poverty and inequality. In 1993, he received the Nobel Peace Prize. Mandela died on Dec. 5, 2013 at the age of 95.
Nelson Mandela adopts a boxing pose, wearing shorts, t-shirt and boxing gloves, circa 1950.
South African anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress member Nelson Mandela poses with his wife Winnie during their wedding in 1957.
South African anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress member Nelson Mandela in 1961.
Nelson Mandela, left, speaks with with C. Andrews, a Cape Town teacher circa 1964.
African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, holds hands with his wife, Winnie Mandela, in the garden of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's home in Cape Town, South Africa, after Mandela was released from prison where he was held for 27 years. (February 14, 1990)
Nelson Mandela and his then-wife Winnie, walk hand in hand in Cape Town, South Africa, upon his release from prison. (Feb. 11, 1990)
African National Congress leader and symbol of the resistance to apartheid, Nelson Mandela, gives the black power salute to the 120,000 ANC supporters packing Soweto's Soccer City stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa, shortly after his release from 27 years in prison. (Feb. 13, 1990)
Elected deputy president of the African National Congress Nelson Mandela, left, and President Robert Mugabe greet people at the airport in Harare, Zimbabwe, where Mandela arrived from Lusaka, Zimbabwe. (March 4, 1990)
Deputy president of the African National Congress Nelson Mandela, center, and Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, far right, greet the crowds at the start of the new Zimbabwe public holiday, Mandela Day in Harare, Zimbabwe. (March 5, 1990)
Mandela dons a Yankees jacket and cap during a 1990 rally at Yankee Stadium. He told the crowd, "I am a Yankee." (June 22, 1990)
Nelson Mandela, deputy president of the African National Congress, pays a floral tribute at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial in New Delhi. Mandela's movement to end apartheid in South Africa was based on Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence. (Oct. 16, 1990)
Nelson Mandela, deputy president of the African National Congress, casts his vote for new leadership in the ANC in Durban, South Africa. (June 5, 1991)
Newly elected African National Congress President Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie arrive at a rally during a weeklong national ANC conference held in South Africa for the first time in 30 years. (July 7, 1991)
New York City Mayor David Dinkins is welcomed by Nelson Mandela, president of the African National Congress in Johannesburg. (Nov. 12, 1991)
South African President Frederik de Klerk shakes hands with Nelson Mandela, president of the African National Congress, after they received the UNESCO peace prize in Paris. An international jury headed by former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger honored Mandela and de Klerk for their efforts to end South Africa's apartheid system of government. (Feb. 3, 1992)
President Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela listen during Fourth of July ceremonies in Philadelphia during which Clinton presented the Philadelphia Liberty Medal to the African National Congress president and South African President F.W. de Klerk. (July 4, 1993)
From left, Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, David Dinkins and Al Gore in New York on July 15, 1992.
Nelson Mandela greets the crowd at Ikageng Stadium outside Potchefstroom, South Africa. (Jan. 31, 1994)
Nelson Mandela shakes hands with a young supporter at an election rally in Mabopane, South Africa. The rally also commemorated the Sharpville Massacre in which 69 protesters were shot and killed by police in Sharpville in 1964. (March 21, 1994)
Nelson Mandela is sworn in as president of South Africa at the Union Building in Pretoria. (May 10, 1994)
President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton greet South African President Nelson Mandela at the White House. Mandela’s daughter Zinzi Mandela Hlongwane is at right. President Clinton said Mandela's path from imprisonment in an apartheid state to the presidency of a new democracy is “proof that the human spirit can never be crushed.” (Oct. 4, 1994)
South African President Nelson Mandela, kisses a girl who presented him with a bouquet of flowers upon his arrival at Dar-Es-Salaam airport in Tanzania. In the background, Tanzania's President Ali Hassan Mwinyi and members of his guard look on. (May 29, 1995)
South African President Nelson Mandela cuts his birthday cake surrounded by his children and grandchildren at a private birthday dinner held for him in Johannesburg. (July 18, 1995)
Pope John Paul II, left, and South African President Nelson Mandela talking at the Presidential guest house in Pretoria. (Sept. 16, 1995)
South African President Nelson Mandela, right, and Zulu King Goodwill Zwelethini greet the crowd prior to the African Nations Cup final in Johannesburg. South Africa beat Tunisia 2-0 in the final. (Feb. 3, 1996)
South African President Nelson Mandela, center, celebrates with the South African national squad captain Neil Tovey, left, holding the trophy and Sports Minister Steve Tswete, center, at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa during the Africa Nations Cup soccer final. (Feb. 3, 1996)
Retiring Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu, right, greets President Nelson Mandela as the president arrives at the service to celebrate the end of Tutu's tenure as leader of the Anglican Church in South Africa. (July 23, 1996)
South African President Nelson Mandela addresses members of both houses of Parliament at the Great Hall in London's Palace of Westminster. (July 11 1996)
South African President Nelson Mandela salutes an officer from the First Battalion Irish Foot Guards as he departs with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in a horse-drawn carriage for Buckingham Palace following his official State visit arrival ceremony at Horseguards Parade in London. (July 9, 1996)
American Superstar Michael Jackson, center, applauds South African President Nelson Mandela, after singing "Happy Birthday" to him at a private birthday function for the president at his Johannesburg home, while Mandela's daughter, Zinzi, right, looks on. (July 18, 1996)
South African President Nelson Mandela, center, gestures during a press conference with Zairean President Mobutu Sese Seko, left and rebel leader Laurent-Desire Kabila, right, aboard the SAS Outeniqua in Pointe Noire harbor, Congo, after the first face-to-face peace talks between the two rivals. (May 4, 1997)
Members of the British pop group the Spice Girls, left to right, Mel B, Mel C, Emma, Geri and Victoria, meet with Britain's Prince Charles, second right, and South African President Nelson Mandela, right, in Pretoria. (Nov. 1, 1997)