Tue., December 10, 2013 2:41pm (EST)

Georgians To Honor Nelson Mandela With Celebration Service
By Leah Fleming
Updated: 7 months ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Nelson Mandela and then-wife Winnie at the King Center in 1990 (Photo Credit: Linda Schaefer)
Nelson Mandela and then-wife Winnie at the King Center in 1990 (Photo Credit: Linda Schaefer)
People from across Georgia are converging on Morehouse College in Atlanta to remember the life of Nelson Mandela. A delegation of clergy and community leaders from Macon called Diversity Assets is chartering a bus to Wednesday night's service.

It’s fitting that Diversity Assets would lead this trip to Morehouse to honor Mandela’s life. The Macon non-profit focuses on racial and social justice. The organization’s president, Reverend Cameron Pennybacker says they’ve taken their cues from the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela.

"As the 21st century moves forward, we will see that transfer of peaceful power in South Africa to be one of the miracles of the 20th century if not more," he said ahead of Wednesday's trip.

Pennybacker says there are many similarities between South Africa and Georgia in the struggle for civil rights.

"The reality is quite direct and the implication is direct and we would do well to apply that moral application from South Africa in an American context," he said.

Pennybacker says the city of Soweto in South Africa and Atlanta are linked together in a special way. Soweto has two Nobel Peace Laureates: Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Atlanta has two as well: Martin Luther King and former President Jimmy Carter.

The service honoring Mandela takes place at 7:00pm Wednesday at the King Memorial Chapel at Morehouse College. King's daughter Bernice and former U-N Ambassador Andrew Young will give remarks.

Diversity Assets is in the process of developing a project that will celebrate Mandela’s work that will be launched next December.