American Leaders Bid a Hero Adieu

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  • Rep. Marc Veasey (Texas)
  • Rep. Elijah Cummings (Maryland)
  • Susan Rice, National Security Adviser
  • Rep. Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader
  • Rep. Steny Hoyer, House Minority Whip
  • Rep. Karen Bass (California)
  • Rep. John Lewis (Georgia)
  • Rep. Charles Rangel (New York)
  • Rep. G.K. Butterfield (North Carolina)
  • Rep. Barbara Lee (California)
  • Rep. André Carson (Indiana)
  • Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (New Jersey)
  • Del. Donna Christensen (Virgin Islands)
  • Rep. John Conyers (Michigan)
  • Rep. Chakah Fattah (Pennsylvania)
  • Rep. Gregory Meeks (New York)
  • Marc Morial, president, National Urban League
  • Rest in Peace, Madiba
  • Vice President Joe Biden
  • Rep. James Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader
  • Rep. Maxine Waters (California)
  • Rep. Terri Sewell (Alabama)
  • Rep. Marcia Fudge, Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus
  • Roslyn Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors
  • David Emmanuel Goatley, NAACP Board of Directors
  • Bill Lucy, NAACP National Board of Directors
  • Lorraine Miller, Interim NAACP President and CEO

Susan Rice, National Security Adviser

"[Mandela] was apartheid’s captive but never its prisoner, and he rid the world of one of history’s foulest evils by hewing to universal principles for which he hoped to live but was prepared to die. Let us celebrate Madiba’s life by rededicating ourselves to the values and hopes he embodied: reconciliation and justice, freedom and equality, democracy and human rights, an honest reckoning with the past and an unflinching insistence on embracing our common humanity."

(Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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