FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 6, 2013

A Moment of Silence for the Honorable Nelson Mandela


The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) mourns the passing of the Honorable Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa. NBCSL President Joe Armstrong issues the following statement:

"Yesterday, the world suffered a loss in the passing of a great public servant and an even greater human being: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. A political pioneer, an international partner, and a consummate statesman, President Mandela has taught us as political leaders more than what to do or even how to do it. He has taught us—through his living, and now timeless, example—who to be. That he shared wisdom with those needing knowledge, truth with those seeking clarity, love with those paralyzed by bitterness, patience with those harboring rage, and light with those stumbling in confusion was only possible because he embodied wisdom, truth, love, compassion, and light.

We will never forget the work of President Mandela whose impact has been felt by all Americans and, indeed, the entire world. NBCSL was there in 1994, serving as an international observer during the first multi-racial elections in South Africa. NBCSL was there during the inauguration of Mr. Mandela, celebrating South Africa's first Black president. NBCSL was there as the paradigm shift occurred to increase the political and economic status of Blacks across the country and across the globe.

In our mission to uplift the political progress of Blacks both on and off American shores, NBCSL shall continue to press on in his memory and cherish his remarkable legacy.

On behalf of the entire National Black Caucus of State Legislators, I extend my deepest condolences to Mr. Mandela's family, friends, and to the entire nation of South Africa. At the same time, we thank his family for sharing his life with the rest of us and allowing us to count our blessings that we have witnessed firsthand a spirit that transcends ages and eons."
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