The New Yorker’s Nelson Mandela Cover By Kadir Nelson

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The big news across the world yesterday was Nelson Mandela’s passing at age 95. Although Mandela has been battling illnesses for years, his death nevertheless came as sudden and sent shockwaves through the hearts and minds of those who came to know of his legacy over the years.

To honor the Nobel Peace Prize winner, The New Yorker has released the cover art for their feature and retrospective on Mandela. The cover dubbed “Madiba” after Mandela’s tribal name, was drawn by artist Kadir Nelson who recently made a children’s book about Nelson Mandela, but penned a special oil painting for the iconic issue. Check out the cover below and the story behind it over at The New Yorker. There’s no doubt that Mandela’s passing will inspire even greater appreciation for the impressive legacy he built and leaves behind.

“Difficulties break some men but make others.” (From a letter to wife, Winnie Mandela, from Robben Island, February 1975)




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