Williams and Bluitt Funeral Home
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Indianapolis, IN 46218
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Nelson Mandela

December 5, 2013

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Nelson Mandela, 95, the first Black president of South Africa, passed away December 5, 2013.

He passed in his Johannesburg home home after a long bout with pnuemonia. Mr. Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Qunu, Transkei, South Africa. He became active in the campaign to end apartheid in South Africa. He advocated civil disobedience to draw attention to the unjust system of state sponsored segregation and discrimination.

Mr. Mandela was sentenced to life in prison in 1964 for his political activities. He endured 27 years in South Africa's Robben Island and later Pollsmoor Prison. Mr. Mandela was released from prison in February, 1990. Shortly after, he became president of the African National Congress when it was re-established as a legal political party in 1991.

Mr. Mandela was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1993. He won the presidency in 1994 in the nation's first democratic election and he served as head of South Africa's new government until 1999.

He leaves to cherish his heroic life and memory, wife, Graca Machel Mandela; daughters: Makaziwe Mandela II, Zenani Mandela Diamini (Prince Thumbumuzi) and Zindziswa Mandela and 20 loving grandchildren.

On Friday, December 13, 2013, from 6pm to 7pm, Williams & Bluitt Funeral Home will honor Mr. Mandela's legacy with Memorial Service. The Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Brown, retired Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church will deliver remarks. Dr. Brown has worked diligently studying apartheid and the change needed to bring about reform. Following Mr. Mandela's release from prison, Dr. Brown was given the opportunity to meet Mr. Mandela and participate in an exclusive interview.

Williams & Bluitt extends a warm invitation to the entire Indianapolis community to attend the memorial service as we proudly salute this great man.