12/6/2013 10:02 AM
by Nadine Grimley
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jay Rockefeller released the following statement after he learned of Nelson Mandela's passing:
"Nelson Mandela was one of the few people in our lifetime who single-handedly changed the arc of history. Mandela's story seems too remarkable to have happened in real life - imprisoned for decades by his government for fighting apartheid, then rising up to become President of South Africa on an anti-apartheid platform.
And even more remarkable is how this man, for whom humility and humor served as his trademarks, became not only a civil rights leader for his people and his country, but for the entire world. Nelson Mandela's legacy of perseverance and fighting for an equal and just society will live on unmatched, and encourage generations of men and women to change the world through the power of politics and political activism."