Northland joins world in remembering Nelson Mandela (w/ videos)As the world bids a final farewell to former President Nelson Mandela at his funeral today, residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin also have marked the South African leader’s passing.
By: News Tribune staff, news service reports
As the world bids a final farewell to former President Nelson Mandela at his funeral today, residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin also have marked the South African leader’s passing.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ordered flags at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff for several days after Mandela’s death on Dec. 5.
UMD celebrated Mandela’s legacy last week in its Kirby Ballroom. Students, faculty and staff gathered to reflect on his life, works and contributions to the world.
A public memorial service was held Saturday in the Twin Cities, at the Cathedral of St. Paul. The service included remarks from U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Keith Ellison.
Mandela was “a powerful affirmation of all that is good and noble and true,” Klobuchar said. “Our countries may be thousands of miles apart, but we know that America is better off because of Nelson Mandela.”
Ellison said Mandela featured prominently in his awakening to social issues. Ellison said his first political act was to collect signatures asking his alma mater to divest funds from South African sources to demonstrate opposition to apartheid, the government-sanctioned separation of whites and blacks. Mandela was influential in ending that regime.
“Please do study the life of Nelson Mandela,” he told those who came to the remembrance. “Do not let the man get lost in the celebration.”