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Nelson Mandela, icon of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle and later the nation's president, has died at the age of 95.

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Nelson Mandela looks at a copy of his book "Nelson Mandela by Himself," launched June 27, 2011 at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Debbie Yazbek/Nelson Mandela Foundation/Courtesy)
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Nelson Mandela's greatest speeches (VIDEO)

Video highlights of the South African leader’s key speeches.

From his first television interview in 1961 to the video messages he recorded for South Africans after he retired as president, Nelson Mandela was a masterful communicator, adept at finding common ground with people even as he took tough positions on complicated issues.


First television interview (1961)



Mandela speaks at his terrorism trial (audio) (1964)



Mandela speaks after being released from prison (1990)



Albertina Susulu nominates Nelson Mandela for president (1994)

(nominations begin at 4:12)



Nelson Mandela's inaugural address (1994)



Nelson Mandela meets South Africa’s Springbok rugby team (1995)



Nelson Mandela at the United Nations (excerpts, 1990 to 1998)



Nelson Mandela says AIDS is a human rights issue (2008)