Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama were first black Presidents of their countries - see when they met

Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama were first black Presidents of their countries - see when they met

July 18 was Mandela Day, a day of commemorating the life of a great statesman who ushered in freedom in South Africa.

While many have held various events around the world, some have reminisced on the historic day in 2005 when Barack Obama, future first black President of the United States, met Mandela, the first black President of South Africa.

In fact, Obama once said that his first act of political activism was inspired by Mandela. He said: “I got involved in the anti-apartheid movement back in 1979-80 because I was inspired by what was taking place in South Africa.”

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Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama were first black Presidents of their countries - see when they met

Historic moment when Barack Obama met Nelson Mandela in 2005. Photo: David Katz

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Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama were first black Presidents of their countries - see when they met

Obama has described the late Mandela as an inspiration. Photo: David Katz

Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama were first black Presidents of their countries - see when they met

Michelle Obama also met Mandela in 2011. Photo: New York Daily News

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Even while receiving his Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009, Obama paid tribute to Mandela: “Compared to some of the giants of history who’ve received this prize — Schweitzer and King, Marshall and Mandela — my accomplishments are slight.”

Former First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia Obama also got a chance to meet Mandela in 2011.

Although he departed in 2013, Mandela's legacy lives on. Happy Mandela Day!

Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama were first black Presidents of their countries - see when they met

Sasha and Malia Obama also got the opportunity to meet the late great statesman. Photo: New York Daily News

Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama were first black Presidents of their countries - see when they met

Nelson Mandela passed away in 2013. Photo: New York Daily News

Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama were first black Presidents of their countries - see when they met

The world commemorates Mandela Day every year on July 18. Photo: New York Daily News

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