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21 hours 20 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Today we remember Nelson Mandela's legacy. In 1962, when sentenced to life imprisonment for his activities with the African National Congress, Mandela made a powerful statement of cultural identity by wearing a traditional Thembu beaded collar. Despite such images of Mandela being banned by the apartheid government until the 1990s, his act of defiance spurred a resurgence of beadworking in South Africa.