Nelson Mandela was a public figure, activist, and the first Black president of South Africa. He has been portrayed over 13 times in Hollywood over the course of his life. The most recent portrayal of President Mandela was by famed actor Idris Elba in The Weinstein Co. biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, based on his 1995 autobiography. President Mandela had been suffering from a lung infection and was hospitalized for 3 months until he was discharged on September 1, 2013. President Mandela held on for quite some time but died Thursday at his home in Johannesburg.
He was a strong activist in eradicating apartheid, the racial segregation of South Africa. Sparking global interest in the racial struggle of the South African people. Public figures like Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando, Peter Gabriel, Miles Davis, Joe Cocker, Sting, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston all threw their hats in the ring to help bring awareness to the growing problem of apartheid amongst the South African people. Mandela was instrumental in the struggle even after being arrested in 1962 for inciting a strike and was sent to prison for 5 years. 2 years after his imprisonment Mandela and 10 others were sentenced to Life in Prison.