George Bizos was on the legal team that represented Nelson Mandela. The two first met as classmates in the late 1940's. Bizos tells Anderson about visiting Mandela in prison and his unexpected introduction with the prison guards.
Congressman Charles Rangel talks about how African-Americans in New York City were able to reconnect with their roots through Nelson Mandela.
Filmmaker Spike Lee cast Nelson Mandela as a school teacher in his film on Malcolm X. He explains why Mandela would not recite the famous line "by any means necessary." Lee also goes on to criticize America for the period of time when the U.S. government labeled the African National Conference a terrorist group.
David Turnley is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who documented Nelson Mandela's fight to end apartheid. He talks to Anderson about the inspiration Mandela took from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and America's civil rights movement.
Flags at the White House are flying at half-staff to honor Nelson Mandela's legacy. Throughout his life, Mandela earned the respect of countless leaders including U.S. presidents past and present.
Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree knew Nelson Mandela and spoke to Anderson about his legacy. Ogletree says he expected Mandela to live forever "even when he was sick and it was clear he was going to die."
Former TIME Magazine editor Rick Stengel got to know Nelson Mandela as he wrote the book "Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage." Stengel talks about how Mandela's 27 years in prison helped transform him into the leader who helped heal South Africa. Stengel joins the AC360 conversation with Christiane Amanpour and Donna Brazille.
Nelson Mandela helped Richard Branson start a humanitarian group. Branson talks to Anderson about how Mandela's ability to forgive helped heal the wounds of apartheid, avoid a civil war and make South Africa one of the great nations.
Editor’s Note: We’ll look back at the remarkable life of Nelson Mandela tonight on AC360° at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET.
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president who led the nation out of apartheid, has died at the age of 95. The announcement came in a late-night address to the nation by current President Jacob Zuma. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” said Zuma. “We saw in him what we seek in ourselves,” he added. Zuma ordered all flags in the nation to fly at half-staff through Mandela’s state funeral. In recent months, Mandela battled a recurring lung infection that led to several hospitalizations. Here’s the AC360 411 on Nelson Mandela:
The number of years Mandela endured in prison from 1963 to 1990.
The year Mandela shared the Nobel Peace Prize with his former enemy, the apartheid leader F.W. de Klerk.
1994 to 1999
The years Mandela served as South Africa’s first black president, four years after he was freed from prison.
The year Mandela was born in Mvezo, Transkei, South Africa.
The number of names he had over the years. His birth name was Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela. However, he was also called Madiba, his traditional clan name. And he was given the name Nelson by a school teacher.
Mandela joins the African National Congress and helps create the ANC Youth League.
Mandela opens the first black law partnership in South Africa.
December 5, 1956
57 years ago today, Mandela was among 156 resistance leaders arrested and charged with high treason.
March 21, 1960
69 people peacefully protesting apartheid laws are killed by police in what became known as the Sharpeville massacre.
April 8, 1960
The apartheid regime bans the ANC.
March 29, 1961
Mandela and all co-defendants are found not guilty of treason.
Mandela begins organizing the armed struggle against apartheid. He travels in Africa and Europe studying guerrilla warfare.
August 5, 1962
Mandela was arrested on charges of inciting workers to strike and leaving the country without valid travel documents. Mandela represents himself at trial.
November 7, 1962
Mandela is sentenced to five years hard labor.
May 27, 1963
Mandela arrives on Robben Island as a prisoner for the first time.
June 12, 1964
Mandela is sentenced to life in prison linked to four counts of sabotage.
The number of years Mandela spent in a prison on Robben Island, off Cape Town.
Mandela is transferred to Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison.
Mandela is transferred to Victor Verster Prison.
F.W. de Klerk becomes president of South Africa and begins dismantling apartheid.
December 13, 1989
Mandela and de Klerk meet for the first time.
February 11, 1990
Nelson Mandela is released from prison at the age of 71.
The number of times Nelson Mandela was married.
The number of children Mandela fathered. Only three, his daughters, are alive.
The year his autobiography the “Long Walk to Freedom” is published.
Mandela last appeared in public during the World Cup hosted by South Africa.
It has been nearly a year since a gunman killed 20 children and six staffers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. Today, 911 recordings from those terrible moments were made public. They reveal ordinary people doing their best to save lives in the middle of the worst situation anyone can imagine. Deborah Feyerick has listened to all of the recordings and has the story.
There is no easy answer to the question of whether to play all, some, or none of the recordings. Anderson discussed this issue with Christiane Amanpour, Jeffrey Toobin and Dr. Drew Pinksy.