American Leaders Bid a Hero Adieu

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  • 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. Steny Hoyer, House Minority Whip
  • Rep. Karen Bass (California)
  • Rep. John Lewis (Georgia)

Rep. Barbara Lee (California)

"Mr. Mandela exuded a larger-than-life presence and a humble spirit that was remarkable; he is my hero and an inspiration to us all. While this earth will miss the physical presence of Nelson Mandela, his indomitable nature, his gentle spirit, and overwhelming smile will remain with us all. My heart is heavy as we mourn the loss and celebrate the life of this great warrior.”   

(Photo: Kris Connor/Getty Images for TV One)

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