American Leaders Bid a Hero Adieu

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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. 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

Rep. James Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader

"Today the world lost one of its greatest leaders and I have lost a personal hero. Nelson Mandela provided strength, stature and stability to his people during the darkest days of apartheid and led them into a new democracy as the first Black president of South Africa. He is a transcendent figure, whose legacy is immeasurable. My generation and so many that follow must pay homage for the sacrifices he made and the progress he achieved. We should not mourn but celebrate the life of this beloved man."

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