Nelson Mandela passed away today at the age of 95. As the world reflects on the accomplishments of the revolutionary figure who played a key role in ending Apartheid to become South Africa's first black president, now is the time to turn to the words of the man himself.

Collected here are five important speeches from Mandela's life. They come from distinct points in his life, from before his was imprisoned for 27 years, to his retirement. Each speech offers insight into his beliefs and sense of justice. 

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