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Harlem remembers Mandela's historic visit

Friday, December 06, 2013 - 01:08

Dec. 6 - New Yorkers in Harlem pay tribute to Nelson Mandela as they recall his visit to their city in the 90s. Linda So reports.

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The marquee at the Apollo Theater in Harlem says it all. Nelson Mandela was a man who changed the world. The former South African President died on Thursday. SOUNDBITE: HARLEM RESIDENT ALLISON BENNETT, SAYING: "He was part of what I always believed in... you know, I was a kid that was raised by civil rights marchers, you know, and my parents did everything they could to try to integrate us, and you know, create a better society." Mandela visited Harlem in the summer of 1990 just months after he was released from nearly three decades in prison. The anti-apartheid leader received a hero's welcome. SOUNDBITE: APOLLO THEATER HISTORIAN BILLY MITCHELL, SAYING: "The community was so impressed and he was received with a lot of love. Harlem was out with full force. We felt that one of our leaders had finally come home to be where the people were, the people of Harlem, the people of New York." People packed Harlem's Riverside Church to hear to Mandela speak, his visit electrifying the crowd.

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Harlem remembers Mandela's historic visit

Friday, December 06, 2013 - 01:08