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Nelson Mandela with wife, Graca Machel, waves to thousands of children during an appearance at Toronto's then-Skydome Sept. 25, 1998. (Tibor Kolley/Tibor Kolley/The Globe and Mail)
Nelson Mandela with wife, Graca Machel, waves to thousands of children during an appearance at Toronto's then-Skydome Sept. 25, 1998. (Tibor Kolley/Tibor Kolley/The Globe and Mail)

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Nelson Mandela was a visionary and perhaps the first true hero of the multi-racial age. He began his life in a mud-floored hut during the final months of the First World War and wound up winning global accolades and the Nobel Peace Prize for playing a pivotal role in the emancipation of more than 30 million black and coloured South Africans – and for avoiding a bloodbath in the process

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