Mandela and Me

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  • An Indelible Impression
  • Rep. Barbara Lee (California)
  • Rep. John Lewis (Georgia)
  • Del. Donna Christensen (U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • Rep. Gwen Moore (Wisconsin)
  • Rep. Charles Rangel (New York)
  • Rep. G.K. Butterfield (North Carolina)

Rep. John Lewis (Georgia)

"The first time I had a chance to meet him was in South Africa after his release from prison. He gave me this unbelievable hug. I will never forget it. He said, 'John Lewis, I know all about you. You inspired us.' I said, 'No, Mr. Mandela, you inspired us.' ...  I felt unworthy really to be standing at his side. I knew I was in the presence of greatness."
(Photo: Courtesy of John Lewis)

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