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"Today, we mourn the passing of a leader who was peerless in his sacrifice, courage and commitment to changing not only a nation, but the world. Nelson Mandela was truly a hero for the entire human race. As an undergraduate student at Howard University, I had the opportunity to meet President Mandela when he visited the campus in 1994. I was profoundly moved by his strength, dignity and grace. A photograph from that day hangs in my office; Mr. Mandela has been a constant source of inspiration for me and millions across the globe. We are all better because of the life he lived." - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

In 1990, just after Mr. Mandela was released from a South African jail, Rep. Hank Johnson attended his speech at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta during his 8-city tour of the United States:

"What impressed me most about Nelson Mandela was his humble spirit of forgiveness and love towards those who persecuted him. Neither angry nor vindictive, and with great courage and dignity, he endured 27 years in prison, sacrificing his liberty for the sake of all South Africans. Ultimately, he lived a life of triumph over evil and adversity, leaving the world a better place for his journey amongst us. The spirit of his life will remain in my heart as long as I live." - Rep. Hank Johnson

"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." - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

"Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened by the death of Nelson Mandela. The people of South Africa and human rights advocates around the world have lost a great leader. His passion for freedom and justice created new hope for generations of oppressed people worldwide, and because of him, South Africa is today one of the world's leading democracies. In recent years, I was gratified to be able to work with him through The Elders to encourage resolution of conflicts and advance social justice and human rights in many nations. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family at this difficult time." - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

"We are deeply saddened by the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, a man of immense courage, integrity and passion for his beloved country. The tremendous sacrifices he made to free all South Africans from the bondage of apartheid will be forever remembered and admired around the world, and especially by his friends here in the United States and in Fulton County. His place in history is secured by the dignity, grace and strength of character he displayed in the face of tyranny. We are heartened by the fact that he lived to see his goals accomplished and his people free. We are blessed to have had Nelson Mandela among us for the many years of life he was granted." - Fulton County Chairman John Eaves

"I am saddened to hear of the death of the great humanitarian and leader Nelson Mandela. He has been a transformative figure in the lives of people around the world. His stance against injustice and apartheid and his struggle to conquer this scourge changed the world and the course of human events. Rising from a prison cell on notorious Robben Island, a persecuted prisoner at the hands of a brutal regime, to become the transformative leader of a new nation was an unprecedented accomplishment. We will miss his physical presence but the lesson of Nelson Mandela's life and legacy will be with us always – paving the way for human dignity worldwide and teaching us how to love and respect one another."Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond

"My heart is heavy and saddened to learn of the passing of an anti-apartheid revolutionary hero. Nelson Mandela inspired us, challenged us, and showed us how to fight for equality and freedom, for all mankind, without violence. He was a remarkable President, who changed the course of history by overcoming the struggles of hatred and apartheid. Nelson Mandela laid a path of righteousness that will never die. We will forever honor his tremendous spirit. May God rest his soul." - Bishop Eddie L. Long

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Nelson Mandela. His courage and perseverance reached beyond the boundaries of South Africa and served as an inspiration for the entire world."Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell

"When I was in the Peace Corps in South Africa, Nelson Mandela was still the president. I will never forget the sense of community, the sense of national purpose, and the sense of humanity that he instilled in an entire nation--a nation that could have been at war with itself. He was a leader in every sense of the word, and the life he led was one of the greatest in history. One of the best moments of my life was meeting him." - Jason Carter (D, gubernatorial candidate)

"The passing of President Nelson Mandela, international human rights hero, statesman and citizen of the world, marks the end of a magnificent life, but his remarkable contributions and vision for a more humane and just world will endure. Mr. Mandela was a genuine hero in the struggle against apartheid, a cause which Martin Luther King Jr. also championed. After spending 27 years in captivity and at a time when his country could have imploded into a racial bloodbath, he taught the world how to forgive. While he will be missed, his legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of millions of people throughout the world. He was a symbol of dignity for people of African descent and for the poor and oppressed everywhere. Through his and his people's long walk to freedom, Mr. Mandela's constant fight for equality personified, what my father often said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'' - Martin Luther King III

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