Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013. His life was inspiring, as he showed what one man could do to change the politics of an entire country. He was imprisoned for over 27 years as he stood firmly against apartheid in South Africa. He was freed in 1990, and apartheid was abolished. One of the songs I remember hearing prior to his release was Nelson Mandela by The Specials. “Free Nelson Mandela”. He became the first black president of South Africa and served from 1994 – 1999. One man made a difference. To me, he is a hero because he successfully defied and defeated an unjust political system. May he rest in peace and be remembered.