July 18, 2014 at 2:20 PM ET
Google acknowledged what would have been Nelson Mandela's 96th birthday on Friday with an interactive Doodle. This is the first time that Nelson Mandela International Day, held every year on July 18, has been celebrated since the civil rights icon died seven months ago. Google’s homepage illustrates Mandela’s journey with colorful animations and inspirational quotes like, "No one is born hating someone because of the color of his skin or his background or religion."
Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, passed away at 95 years old after a history of pulmonary infections, which date back to the time he contracted tuberculosis while serving a 27-year prison term under apartheid.
— Wilborn Nobles III