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Penn State NAACP to Hold Mandela Vigil

by on December 07, 2013 12:00 PM

Penn State's NAACP chapter announced on Twitter that the group will be holding a candlelight vigil for Nelson Mandela. The vigil will take place at 6 p.m. Monday on the steps of Old Main.

Many faculty, staff and students at Penn State are from South Africa.

Mandela died Thursday after a lengthy illness. He was 95.

His death sparked an outpouring of grief across the world as people remembered Mandela's incredible legacy. Mandela was recognized as a beacon of hope. He was a tireless crusader for human rights and led the fight to dismantle South Africa's ruthless apartheid system.

He spent 27 years in a South African prison before becoming that nation's president. He never gave in to bitterness -- forgiving his oppressors and working to build unity between Blacks and Whites.

After leaving office Mandela continued to promote human rights and world peace. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

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