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Atlanta Mourns Nelson Mandela

By The Atlanta Voice Staff | 12/13/2013, 12:21 p.m.
Atlanta and Georgia joins the world in mourning the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela Thursday at the ...
Nelson Mandela, deputy President of the African National Congress, pauses after laying a wreath at the tomb of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta Wednesday, June 27, 1990. Holding hands in remembrance are King's widow Coretta Scott King and Rev. Joseph Lowery, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, as Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson stands in the background. Photo by Charles Kelly/AP.

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Thousands bid farewell to Nelson Mandela, during the late great South African freedom fighter's funeral procession. AP photo.

John Silvanus Wilson Jr, President Morehouse College:

I am profoundly saddened by the news of the death of Nelson Mandela. He lived an extraordinary life. It was a highlight in the history of Morehouse College when he visited our campus on June 27, 1990 and we awarded him an honorary degree and unveiled an oil portrait of him, which now hangs in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. I had the opportunity to meet him in 1992 during a visit to South Africa. That extraordinary meeting has affected me ever since, and even moved me to make a special charge to my first graduating class during the 2013 Commencement at Morehouse College this past May.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga:

The world lost a selfless champion of freedom, democracy and equality today. Nelson Mandela’s courage in the face of terrible injustice helped dismantle apartheid and his determined leadership guided South Africa through a process of reconciliation that at one time seemed impossible. Mandela’s legacy will be one of dignity, forgiveness and a profound dedication to the principles that all free people hold dear. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the people of South Africa.

Bishop T.D. Jakes:

I am deeply saddened to have lost such an enduring symbol of freedom and liberty; Nelson Mandela was an elder statesman who embodied the very essence of a servant-leader. History cannot contain the lasting impact of such an extraordinary life. Rather, his exceptionalism will live in the hearts and minds of those of us who were fortunate enough to have witnessed his greatness. There are few words capable of encapsulating the measure of such a masterful life, except to impart this departing dispatch: Well done Mandela, well done!