Warm, Intimate Photos of Nelson Mandela Through the Years

These images reveal that the global icon was a family man, sports enthusiast and much more. 

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    African National Congress member Nelson Mandela and his new bride, Winnie, at their wedding in 1957.

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    The attorney and anti-apartheid activist in 1961.

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    Mandela and his then-wife, Winnie, raise their fists in February 1990 to salute a cheering crowd upon his release from prison.

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    Nelson Mandela at a prison-release rally in 1990.

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    Mandela attends a rally in Mpumalanga, South Africa, in 1993.

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    Nelson Mandela takes the oath during his inauguration as South Africa’s first black president in May 1994.

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    South Africa’s president waves to the crowd after his country wins the World Cup in the Rugby World Cup Finals in Johannesburg in 1995. 

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    Francois Pienaar of South Africa receives the William Webb Ellis Trophy from President Mandela after the Rugby World Cup final in 1995.

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    Zinzi Mandela and her father, South African President Nelson Mandela, smile on Zinzi’s wedding day in 1995.

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    Mandela speaks at the “Give One Minute of Your Life to AIDS” concert on Nov. 28, 2003, on Robben Island, off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa.

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    Nelson Mandela and his wife, Graça Machel.

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    Mandela blows out candles on his 90th birthday in 2008.

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    Nelson Mandela at a Cape Town luncheon in 2009.

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    Mandela in September 2011 at his home in Qunu, Eastern Cape, as part of photographer and filmmaker Adrian Steirn’s 21 Icons South Africa series.

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    Nelson Mandela at a photo shoot in South Africa in 2011. 

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