Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years by the South African apartheid government. His crime? Standing up against a government that was committing egregious human rights abuses against black South Africans. He was released from prison in 1990 and went on to lead the way for the abolition of apartheid in 1994. He was elected as South Africa's first black president that same year. His most astounding accomplishment after suffering years of abuse was to create the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which focused on healing the country's wounds from human rights abuses using truth-telling and forgiveness. Mandela later established the Nelson Mandela Foundation to combat poverty and HIV/AIDS.He passed away on Dec. 5, 2013. He walked among us as a man for 95 years but will be remembered as a hero as long as there are history books to be read. Please share this and honor his memory.