American Leaders Bid a Hero Adieu

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  • 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
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  • 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
  • Rep. Marc Veasey (Texas)
  • Rep. Elijah Cummings (Maryland)
  • Susan Rice, National Security Adviser
  • Rep. Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader

Rep. John Lewis (Georgia) 

"President Nelson Mandela must be looked upon as modern-day saint. He was a giant of a man. Even those who opposed him could not help but admire and deeply respect him. His redemptive, unearned suffering, his dedication to the philosophy and discipline of non-violence, and his magnificent grace are a testimony to the power and endurance of the human spirit. He was one of those rare individuals, like Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr., who come along only once in a generation, who are a blessing to all humanity."

(Photo: Chris McKay/WireImage)

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