Saturday, December 7, 2013

Assemblymember Weber Reflects on Nelson Mandela

SACRAMENTO, CA- Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) is deeply saddened by the recent passing of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president.

 “Nelson Mandela symbolized and embodied the human spirit,” said Assemblymember Weber.    After decades in prison, Mr. Mandela’s insistence for reconciliation transcended him into one of the most inspirational leaders in memory.  His efforts to establish a more equal and fair South Africa allowed the country to transition from the Apartheid era into the Rainbow Nation.

Assemblymember Weber saw Mandela in person when he spoke at the Los Angeles Coliseum after being released from 27 years in prison.  “It was amazing to be there,” she said.  "We all felt that we were touching him because of his genuine commitment to the struggle in South Africa. It was just amazing to be in the presence, even with 100,000 people, of someone who spent 27 years in prison and came out with the same spirit. He was a giant in every sense of the word in this country and around the world. He will be deeply missed and never forgotten,” expressed Assemblymember Weber.

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