Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela died yesterday at the age of 95. Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison, emerged to end South Africa's white supremacist system of apartheid. Tributes are coming in from around the world and the Region.
Congressman Pete Visclosky released the following statement on the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela:
“Nelson Mandela was a universal symbol of social justice and democracy throughout the globe. He famously said, “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” This remarkable statesman leaves the world a legacy of compassion, love, and optimism for all mankind.”
Statement from Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson:
"As I reflect on the transition of the great Nelson Mandela, the word 'icon' comes to mind. His fight for justice never waned, and his level of sacrifice will forever be etched in our minds and the pages of history. The legacy he built has allowed me and countless others to stand on his shoulders to continue the fight against injustice wherever it may be. I extend my sympathy to his family and the citizens of South Africa."
Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly:
“I am saddened to hear of the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela. His tireless and courageous efforts to bring freedom and equality to all in his home country and across the world will continue to inspire us. May we learn from his example and may he rest in peace.”
La Porte Mayor Blair Milo:
"The world has lost an iconic champion for equality. Nelson Mandela emerged on the world stage after 27 years in prison. He was revered by presidents as well as those who were impoverished and down-trodden. A humble man with a large message. The first black president in a nation that had embraced apartheid. A man who changed the course of a country and a continent. He said, "We can change the world to make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference." Definitely a man who made a difference for having walked on this earth."