Nelson Mandela, the consummate South African freedom fighter, has died at the age of 95.
South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement on Thursday.
Mandela pushed South African from the dregs of apartheid in to democracy that was inclusive of all races. His struggles have been well documented as he endured almost three decades of imprisonment by the White majority. Somehow, he was able to simultaneously prevent a South African Civil War and evolve into an international symbol of peace.
He would go on to become South Africa’s first Black president.
“The time for the healing of the wounds has come,” he said in his acceptance speech in 1994. “The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation.”
Mandela has amassed innumerable awards and he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, one of his many accolades. AllHipHop will continue to commemorate the life and times of Nelson Mandela.
The Hip-Hop community was no exception to the mourning felt for the icon and many used social media to express their feelings.