|Paine College, Augusta, GA
For Immediate Release
December 6, 2013
Media Contact: Leah Suggs, Asst. Director of Communications & Marketing – 706.821.8322 or 803.524.3195
Lsuggs@paine.edu – Paine College
(Augusta, GA) – Dr. George C. Bradley and the Paine College Community mourns the death of human rights activist Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black President. Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013, at age 95.
Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies.
In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to dismantle the country’s apartheid system. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president. In 2009, July 18th, was declared Mandela Day to promote global peace and celebrate the South African leader’s legacy.