mandela.FINAL.inddNelson Mandela tributes are — rightfully so — coming from every media outlet. Newspapers honored him with giant photos and tributes. The New Yorker featured a powerful illustration of Mandela on its cover. Now Time has announced a special issue dedicated entirely to the South African hero.

Rick Stengel, Time’s former managing editor who collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, has a piece. Morgan Freeman gives an inside look at how he got the role of a lifetime — playing Mandela in Invictus. There’s also a fantastic photo essay by Pulitzer winner David Turnley.

As Stengel explains in his beautifully written essay, part of what made Mandela so powerful was his understanding of when not to use that power:

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