The event, stretched across roughly two-and-a- half hours, was a mix of speakers, musical performances and poetry. African drummers opened the ceremony, as local civil rights activist Mario Salas called on attendees to repeat a popular anti-apartheid cry of the African National Congress , Mandela’s political party. Amandla, Salas and the drummers called to the audience, asking them to raise their fists. The audience answered back, Ngawethu! Together, the words mean power to the people.
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Former Illinois Governor George Ryan attends Nelson Mandela memorial service
Rosa. Rosa Parks! said Keith. I remember him (Mandela) saying to her, You gave me strength, Rosa. You refused to give up your seat. This helped me over 27 years of jail. Nelson Mandela strives to create a nonracial democracy in South Africa because it is right. His crusade for human dignity raises the hopes of people throughout the world in their thirst for freedom. Mr. Mandela shows us that one person can make a difference! We here in Detroit hope to make this occasion the most moving, the most exciting and the most enriching experience Winnie and Nelson Mandela have had in the United States. Let us remember that no person who has obtained freedom has the right to deny another. On Sunday afternoon, more than 1,700 people braved slippery downtown streets and sidewalks to jam the Music Hall Center for Performing Arts for a free two-hour event that included multi-denominational prayers, speeches, traditional African drummers and other music, dance and a video of Mandela. All spoke of Mandelas inspiring work as a liberator and his quest for truth, justice and freedom while remaining true to his nonviolent beliefs. Its an honor and pleasure for me to have this opportunity, Bing told the capacity crowd. I think when we all found out he had passed we were very sad.
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Metro Detroit dignitaries reflect on Nelson Mandela’s life, teachings
“We shall miss your voice as you told us stories of your childhood. We shall miss your laughter.” It was a day of deep sorrow, summed up by a close friend of Mandela