Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

The first Black president of South Africa, died on December 5,2013. He died in his Johannesburg home after fighting a long bout of pneumonia. He was 95.

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Qunu, Transkei, South Africa. Mandela became active in the campaign to end apartheid in South Africa, advocating civil disobedience to draw attention to this unjust system of state-sponsored segregation and discrimination. Mandela was sentenced to life in prison in 1964 for his political activities. He endured 27 years in prison on South Africa's Robben Island and later at Pollsmoor Prison.

Mandela was released from prison in February 1990 and became president of the African National Congress when it was reestablished as a legal political party in 1991.

Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1993, Mandela won the presidency in 1994 in the nation's first democratic election, and he served as head of South Africa's new government until 1999.

Left to cherish his heroic life are wife, Graca Machel Mandela; daughters; Makaziwe Mandela II, Zenani Mandela Diamini (Prince Thumbumuzi Diamini); and Zindziswa Mandela. Nelson Mandela was blessed with 20 grandchildren.

On Friday, December 13, 2013, from 6 to 7 p.m., Williams and Bluitt Funeral Home, 5252 E. 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN will hold a memorial service to honor the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Rev. Dr. Thomas Brown, retired Senior Pastor of Ebenezer M.B. Church in Indianapolis, IN will eulogize Mr. Mandela.

Dr. Brown was requested by South Africa to intensively study "Apartheid" and the "change" that was enveloping. Following Nelson Mandela's release from prison, Dr. Brown was given the opportunity to meet Mr. Mandela and engage in an exclusive interview.

We extend a warm invitation to all of our communities to attend the service. Friends may send messages to the family at

Funeral Home

Williams & Bluitt Funeral Home
5252 E. 38th Street Indianapolis, IN 46218
(317) 923-2381

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Dec. 12, 2013