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Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, and his birth name was Rolihlahla. He used Rolihlahla until he began school, and the teacher gave him the Christian name of Nelson. Mandela was the first person in his family to ... More »

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One fact about the poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou is that she was born Marguerite Annie Johnson. Her professional name is a combination of her childhood nickname "Maya," which her brother Bailey bestowed on ... More »

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South Africa is a nation in the south of the African continent, comprising a total land area of 471,011 square miles, which is almost twice the size of Texas. The legislative capital of South Africa is Cape Town, while t... More »

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Nelson Mandela, arguably one of the great leaders of the 20th century, served as president of South Africa, was a notable writer, accomplished lawyer and a civil rights activist. Mandela was born in Mveso, South Africa, ... More »

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Nelson Mandela was originally sentenced to 5 years for incitement and leaving the country without a passport. Mandela ended up serving 27 years after receiving a life sentence for sabotage. More »

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Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was a president of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. In South Africa, he is often called "Madiba," which was the name of the clan he was born into. More »

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The Guardian reports that Nelson Mandela was 6 feet 4 inches tall. For the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" Idris Elba was chosen to portray Mandela partly because of his tall stature. More »

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