American Leaders Bid a Hero Adieu

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  • 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
  • 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

Vice President Joe Biden

"I saw [Mandela's] world the way it used to be when I visited South Africa as a 34-year-old senator. When I exited the plane I was directed to one side of the tarmac, while the African-American congressmen traveling with me were sent to the other side. I refused to break off, and the officials finally relented. When I tried to enter Soweto township with Congressmen Andrew Young of Atlanta and Charles Diggs of Detroit, I remember their tears of anger and sadness. Because of Nelson Mandela’s courage, and compassion, that world has been transformed.… This is a better world because Nelson Mandela was in it." 

(Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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