Winnie Mandela's Life In Pictures

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Essence Apr, 02, 2018

Winnie Mandela, a woman that has made an immeasurable impact on the history of South Africa and beyond, has passed away. The former wife of late President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, she played a critical role in the anti-apartheid movement and was banished and confined several times throughout her life as she fought for justice. All the while, she possessed grace, strength, and beauty. Take a look back at her life in pictures.

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Winnie marries Nelson Mandela.

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Winnie and Nelson are all smiles in Ponderland, South Africa.

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Winnie during her exile in Brandfort, South Africa.

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Winnie raises a clenched fist during the funeral of Sello Motau, senior member of the "Umkhonto We Sizwe."

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Winnie arriving at the town of Brandfort, where she was banished for nine years, bringing boxes of toys for local children.

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Winnie leaves the Tokoza police station Wednesday, after being detained briefly. 

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Winnie on an 8 city US tour with her husband.

8 of 28 Nelson Mandela, accompanied by his wife Winnie, on an eight-city U.S. tour. The Mandelas stop in Washington, D.C. for a tribute and luncheon at the White House with President George Bush. (Fred Watkins/Ebony Collection)

Winnie and Nelson in Washington D.C. for a tribute and luncheon at the White House with President George Bush.

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Winnie and Nelson are honorerd with weeklong festivities during "Nelson Mandela Week" in New York City.

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Winnie and Nelson attend a ceremony in his honour at Trocadero Square on the Plaza of Freedom and Human right in Paris.

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Winnie and Nelson play with their grandchild Bambata at their Soweto home.

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Winnie in n Cape Town, South Africa.

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Winnie and Nelson Mandela enjoy a warm welcome at Queens Park, Toronto.

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Winnie poses for a portrait in South Africa.

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Winnie waves during the unveiling of the tombstone for slain South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani at Elsburg Park cemetery

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Winnie participates in a mass rally addressed by Nelson Mandela, in Mmabatho.

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Winnie arrives at the Union Buildings in Pretoria for the inauguration of President Tahbo Mbeki.

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Winnie and Gwen Ramokgopa attend a meeting in honor of Nelson Mandela at Freedom Park in Pretoria, South Africa.

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Winnie looks on during the funeral of anti apartheid stalwart and Women's Rights activist Fatima Meer.

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Winnie at the opening of the renovated Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg.

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Winnie speaks to the media following an interfaith prayer service for Nelson Mandela.

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Winnie holds a copy of her book "491 Days: Prisoner Number 1323/6" in Johannesburg.

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Winnie sits with Idris Elba, who played the role of Nelson Mandela in the movie "Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom" at the movie's premiere in Johannesburg.

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Winnie attends a service during a day of prayer in honor of her late ex-husband Nelson Mandela.

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is all smiles during her 78th birthday celebrations at the Mandela restaurant in Soweto, South Africa.

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Winnie attends ANC's 103rd birthday celebrations at Cape Town Stadium, South Africa.

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