Nelson Mandela through the years

POSTED: 07:48 AM PDT Jul 18, 2012    UPDATED: 07:43 AM PST Dec 05, 2014 

Today is the first anniversary of Nelson Mandela's death. Look back at the life of the global icon.

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Nelson Mandela, a lawyer and anti-apartheid activist, emerged from a 27-year prison term in 1990 and within four years became president of South Africa. He went on to become one of the most recognized faces in the world and force in the human rights movement and global effort to fight AIDS.

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