Georgians from across the state gathered into the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College Wednesday evening to pay their respects to the late Nelson Mandela. The memorial service was organized by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and Morehouse College. Speakers included former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young and Reverend Bernice King, who remembered the former South African president fondly and tied Mandela’s more than thirty-year fight to end Apartheid in South Africa to the civil rights movement in the south during the 1960s.
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 is chartering a bus to Wednesday night's service. 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.
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.