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Cleveland Congresswoman Fudge reacts to Mandela death
Marcia Fudge explains how former South African president Nelson Mandela had an impact in Ohio.

Among the people in Northeast Ohio mourning the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela is Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. From Ohio Public Radio Station WCPN, Nick Castele reports.
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Congresswoman Marcia Fudge says Nelson Mandela’s path from decades of imprisonment to becoming South Africa’s first black president and beginning to roll back apartheid—inspired action in the United States, too.

“He really did make people around the world understand the significance of human rights and equality and justice and civil rights, because there were still problems in the United States then as there are now," Fudge said. "But he gave an awful lot of us hope. I mean, clearly, America is a better place because Nelson Mandela lived in South Africa.”

Fudge points to Barack Obama’s election as America’s first black president as just one example of those changes. She says she looks to Mandela as an example in her role as Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, particularly in trying to preserve access to the polls and lessen inequality in the country’s educational system.

Fudge says she admired Mandela’s belief in the power of diplomacy.

“Even with all of the things he’s gone through, and all of the things he faced in his country, he always believed that," Fudge said. "He used his power for peace. He used his power for his people to fight for what was right.”

And Fudge says when people stood in line for hours to vote him into the presidency, Mandela accomplished what few were able to even imagine.

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nelson mandella fight for south africa's freedom,he was imprisioned in fighting for their freedom and they succeded in the end..nelson mandella died at the age of 95..

Posted by: rosina on December 13, 2013 3:12AM
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