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Pastor: 'Mandela had a humility of spirit'

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Nelson Mandela visited Atlanta twice. During the second trip in 1993, he visited Cascade United Methodist Church.

Pastor Walter Kimbrough headed the church at the time and described what it was like. "An awe about his is-ness that you feel it and your life is touched and impacted," said Kimbrough.

When Mandela addressed the congregation he spoke for 15 minutes. It was the third time Kimbrough heard him speak during the visit.

"This came straight from the heart. The other two times were prepared," said Kimbrough.

1993 was the year before Mandela was elected as the first black president of South Africa. He had endured 27 years in prison. He fought to end apartheid and fought for equal rights.

"We must not give up the struggle, give up the fight, but be faithful and vigilant for the rest of our lives," said Kimbrough.

He said he was forever touched by meeting Mandela, but Mandela's life has touched us all.

"It is my hope that we learn from his living and emulate it with the understanding we can't be another Nelson Mandela, but we can be the best that we can be," said Kimbrough.

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