South Africans living in Georgia are remembering the late Nelson Mandela as a statesman and liberator. Mandela wasn't only a hero to South Africa's black residents. White South Africans praise Mandela for reconciling the country after years of bloody apartheid. One woman says the whites in South Africa initially feared for their lives when the balance of power shifted, but soon realized Mandela's goal was to unite the country, not further divide it.
In June of that 1990, Mandela visited Atlanta as part of an eight city tour of America. During his visit, he laid a wreath at the Martin Luther King Jr., Center, met with members of the King family, and spoke at Georgia Tech. Three years later, he came back to Atlanta. Mandela was president of the African National Congress, and spent three days in Atlanta urging residents to help the ANC compete in South Africa’s first multicultural election. Here's a look back at Mandela's visits to the city of Atlanta.