Nelson Mandela Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Freedom From Prison
Africa is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s freedom from prison.
20 years ago on February 20, 1990 Mandela was released from a Cape Town, South Africa prison after being a political prisoner for 27 years.
Mandela served 27 years behind bars of a life sentence for his activism against apartheid, the movement that enforced segregation in the country.
His homeland is commemorating his plight in several ways. In particular through the singing of a song dedicated to him with the words,“Nelson Mandela, there is none like you” and by reenacting the historic walk he made from prison signaling the end of apartheid.
Mandela who is 91-years-old now, did not attend the reenactment but did make a rare appearance at parliament to attend a commemorative speech by South African President Jacob Zuma.
He was also paid tribute to in the summer release of the movie “Invictus” where the country’s first Black President was played by Morgan Freeman.