Nelson Mandela Passes Away At Age 95

By Rob Hamilton / CBS Atlanta

Nelson Mandela was once quoted as saying that “Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”

South Africa’s president says Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. Jacob Zuma says “we’ve lost our greatest son.” (From the AP)

Rest In Peace Nelson Mandela. Job well done.

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From the AP News Service:

Nelson Mandela, a colossus of the 20th century, emerged from 27 years in prison to topple apartheid with iron discipline, hardheaded realism and a common touch that endeared him to whites who had been conditioned to regard him as their bitter enemy. His death closes the final chapter in Africa’s struggle to cast off white rule, leaving the world with indelible memories of a man of astonishing grace and good humor. Rock concerts celebrated his birthday, Hollywood stars glorified him on screen, and his regal bearing, graying hair and raspy voice made him instantly recognizable across the globe. By Christopher Torchia and Marcus Eliason.

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