Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) released the following statement after learning of the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela:
"I am saddened that the world has lost one of its great leaders. Nelson Mandela was a leader of courage who led South Africa after apartheid. While he could have done like so many other leaders in emerging nations have done and created a country where he became a president or ruler for life, he did not turn his back on the principles of representative government. Nelson Mandela's journey is over on this earth, but his 'Long Walk to Freedom' will never be forgotten.
"My condolences are extended to his family, his loved ones, and the people of South Africa."
U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) issued the following statement upon the news of the passing of South African leader Nelson Mandela:
"I join with the rest of the world in mourning the passing of Nelson Mandela, an icon of civil rights. Despite being imprisoned for 27 years, Nelson Mandela never expressed any bitterness or resentment and later became President of a new, free South Africa.
"Thanks to a citizen of the Sixth District of North Carolina, I was blessed with the opportunity to meet Nelson Mandela. William Swing, of Lexington, North Carolina, was the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa from 1989-92. During his tenure, I was fortunate to visit South Africa and stay in the ambassador's residence. Thanks to Bill Swing, I accompanied the Ambassador to a private dinner where Nelson Mandela was the guest of honor.
"To have the opportunity to spend an evening with this world figure and to listen to him speak is one of the highlights of my life. On behalf of the citizens of the Sixth District of North Carolina, I express my condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa on the loss of a true historic legend."
U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement in reaction to the passing of Nelson Mandela:
"Nelson Mandela's compassion and humility in the face of overwhelming adversity remains an inspiration. The people of South Africa will forever be in debt for his role in ending apartheid, and the rest of the world inspired by his leading a divided nation into a new, prosperous era. Today, we all mourn his passing, but take comfort in the enduring lessons of his life that will live forever."
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, on behalf of the NC NAACP issued this statement:
Today the North Carolina NAACP, the Forward Together Moral movement and the
Historic Thousands on Jones St Peoples' Coalition joined the world in mourning
the death and celebrating the life of President Nelson Mandela. He was the model
of steadfast commitment to justice, a stalwart devotee of loving your oppressor,
and possessed an unwavering determination to the principles of human dignity,
unity, and fundamental social change.
He was committed to die for the noble principles of equality,
justice, and truth which is why his life resurrected South Africa from the
despairing depths of apartheid and also provided a new birth of freedom
throughout the entire world. His legacy continues to inspire all of us even
Now President Mandela, who led the fight for freedom in South Africa
and showed all of us the true meaning of liberty and justice for all, is himself
free and resting in the bosom of eternity. Free at last, free at last, thank God
Almighty after a life of untiring service and sacrifice, he is now free at last
to rest from his labors.
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