Nelson Mandela died in 2013 at the age of 95. Internet users are remembering South Africa’s first black president and renowned anti-apartheid activist with the hashtag #MandelaDay on July 18, which would have been his 99th birthday.
Tribune and wire reports
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s beloved first black president and anti-apartheid hero, died in 2013 at the age of 95. He had been suffering recurring lung infections that were the legacy of tuberculosis contracted in prison during his long fight against oppression.
Although out of the limelight in recent years because of the infirmities of age, Mandela, or Madiba, the clan name by which he was affectionately known to many South Africans, remained a revered symbol of the fight he led against the nation’s apartheid regime.
On July 18, 2017, world leaders and organizations remembered his legacy with the hashtag #MandelaDay, posting quotes and videos in tribute.
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) July 18, 2017
— United Nations (@UN) July 18, 2017
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. #MandelaDay
— NAACP (@NAACP) July 18, 2017