The legendary mother of the nation, Winnie Mandela was a revolutionary leader who triumphed over adversity, overcame persercution and emerged as the matriarch of South Africa’s struggle for freedom. The former wife of Nelson Mandela, Winnie, suffered a great deal along with her children during the time her husband was imprisoned for 27 years by the apartheid government. Her fighting spirit was never broken by torture, her compassion for the poor never dampened by politics and her beauty and dignity never tarnished by her enemies. “May Mam’ uWinnie rest in peace and rise in glory. She refused to be bowed by the imprisonment of her husband, the perpetual harassment of her family by security forces, detentions, bannings, and banishment. Her courageous defiance was deeply inspirational to me, and to generations of activists.” – Desmond Tutu.