Stars Honor Nelson Mandela On Late Activist's Birthday 

Celebrities took to social media on Saturday to remember the work of late civil rights activist Nelson Mandela on what would have been his 97th birthday. 

The South African leader passed away in 2013, but left behind a legacy sure to outlive many generations to come. 

 

Nelson Mandela was great man, and I realized is still inspiring me and many others. Forgiveness is vital to let our minds not stay in a mental prison. It doesn't matter how ignorance may affect you, let's inspire and lift one another up. I'm so fortunate to have met him. ❤️💋 #mandeladay

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"Nelson Mandela was great man, and I realized is still inspiring me and many others," Serena Williams wrote on Instagram. "Forgiveness is vital to let our minds not stay in a mental prison. It doesn't matter how ignorance may affect you, let's inspire and lift one another up. I'm so fortunate to have met him."

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Disney star Zendaya traveled to South Africa to support the UNAIDS HIV Counselling & Testing Day on Friday, and continued her visit to honor Mandela.

 

Happy Mandela Day from South Africa...go out there and continue his legacy #bemoremadiba #67

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"Go out there and continue his legacy," she told her Instagram followers, captioning a shot of a statue of the revolutionary, just one of many on display throughout the country.

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Behati Prinsloo also shared her support from South Africa.

 

#MandelaDay spread HOPE and spread LOVE it always wins!!!! Be kind to one another. ✌🏻️❤️🙏🏻🌍 #AfricaRising

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"Spread HOPE and spread LOVE," the model and Namibia native wrote on Instagram. "It always wins!!!!!"

"Fight Song" singer Rachel Platten took to Twitter to pay a brief but powerful tribute, writing, "A winner is a dreamer who never gives up," and included the #MandelaDay hashtag alongside her message.

Alyssa Milano Tweeted a gallery of some of Mandela's most memorable photos and public appearances, including shots of the politician and philanthropist with his family and supporters.

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The Oprah Winfrey Network shared an image on its Twitter feed of Mandela alongside the media magnate, and wished the "true hero" a happy birthday.

Mandela had built lasting relationships with many world leaders and influencers, including President Bill Clinton, who Tweeted a picture of himself smiling with the anti-Apartheid crusader whom Clinton called his "friend."

-- Erin Biglow

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