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Nelson Mandela memorable moments

Nelson Mandela at the law office he opened with his colleague, Oliver Tambo in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1952. This was the first black legal practice in Johannesburg. Both men were founding members of the African National Congress Youth League.

Nelson Mandela: Memorable moments

July 4, 2013

A chief's son. Pioneer. Revolutionary. Prisoner. Statesman. Elder.

Few modern-day world leaders are revered as much as Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Then again, few can lay claim to a life like Mandela's. His father had a premonition when he granted his son the birth name, Rolihlahla — which roughly translates to "pull a tree branch" or, colloquially, "troublemaker."

Mandela's legacy encompasses innumerable accomplishments that changed nations. Scroll through to see 10 defining moments.