Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first democratically elected president in 1994. The following videos highlight some of the memorable moments from the last quarter-century of his life.
|Feb. 11, 1990: Nelson Mandela Freed From Prison|
The emancipated South African leader speaks about a peaceful end to apartheid.
|Feb. 11, 1990: Mandela's First Moments of Freedom|
After more than 27 years of imprisonment, Nelson Mandela walks free.
|Feb. 11, 1990: Reactions to Mandela's Release|
Nelson Mandela's hometown of Soweto, South Africa, celebrates his freedom.
|Feb. 13, 1990: Mandela Speaks of Freedom|
Nelson Mandela's new freedom and government changes invigorate South Africans.
|Feb. 15, 1990: Nelson Mandela Interview|
Nelson Mandela talks to Ted Koppel about his 27-year imprisonment.
|Feb. 27, 1990: Nelson Mandela Visits Zambia|
Mandela meets with African leaders to discuss reform for South Africa.
|May 2, 1994: Nelson Mandela Wins Election|
New South African President Nelson Mandela delivers acceptance speech.
|May 10, 1994: Mandela Takes Oath of Office|
Nelson Mandela is sworn in as the President of South Africa.
|June 1, 1999: Mandela Steps Down From Presidency|
Thabo Mbeki is voted in as South Africa's next president.
|July 17, 2009: Mandela Inspires Students|
Twelve essay contest winners journey to South Africa to meet Nelson Mandela.
|Feb. 12, 2010: Transcending Apartheid|
The unlikely friendship between Mandela and the man who kept him prisoner.
|June 14, 2010: South Africa Transformed|
The nation celebrates the World Cup 16 years after apartheid ended.