Nelson Mandela was the first black president of South Africa (1918-2013.) He was imprisoned for over 27 years convicted for “conspiracy to overthrow the state” and was initially sentenced to life in prison. He is honored not only in South Africa but all across the globe as hero who did all he could for his people during the times of segregation. Prior to Mandela’s election as Chief of South Africa and his conviction he was not liked for what he stood for. Mandela was an advocate for equal rights and the end of apartheid ( a movement in south Africa that prevented blacks from fair treatment). He is remembered today as a hero and a voice for people who are not given one.