South Africa No Easy Walk to Freedom

As De Klerk opens the prison door, Nelson Mandela is faced with the challenge of his lifetime: how to bring racial harmony to the land of apartheid

The sentence in the courtroom that day in June 1964 was life in prison. The verdict of history will hardly judge Nelson Mandela a common criminal. Despite the government's determination to lock him away for good and crush his liberation movement, the unrelenting crusade to abolish apartheid that he waged from a prison cell over the decades made him the supreme symbol of the black struggle in South Africa.

At 4:15 p.m. local time on Sunday, Feb. 11, Nelson Mandela walked out of the Victor Verster Prison Farm near Cape Town -- free at last. It was, said an announcer for...

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