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Yesterday, the world lost an icon who fought for peace and equality for all during his lifetime. Nelson Mandela passed at the age of 95 in his home in South Africa yesterday morning.

Funeral services for the anti-Apartheid hero are set to be held in his hometown Qunu on Dec. 15. Also plans for a national day of prayer and reflection on Sunday have been scheduled. Dignitaries from across the world, including President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande are expected to attend some of these events.

Mr. Mandela served 27 years in jail for protesting Apartheid and is considered the father of democratic South Africa.

While in jail, Nelson still fought for not only civil rights but human rights as well, by demanding respect from the racist guards, requiring they only refer to him as Mr. Mandela or Mandela non-violently. In 1994 Nelson Mandela became a world symbol of peaceful resistance to oppression and also became the first black to the elected president of South Africa.

Below is a clip of his first interview in the United States with Oprah Winfrey after being released from prison.