New Yorkers react to Mandela's death

Created: 12/05/2013 6:21 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

Nelson Mandela was a giant figure in global politics, and his influence was felt especially deeply in New York City.

When Mandela visited the U.S. for the first time in 1990, he was greeted by tens of thousands of cheering people as he traveled in a motorcade through black neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

City officials honored him with a ticker tape parade.

Residents and dignitaries in the city talked proudly of Mandela on Thursday after his death was announced.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg called Mandela a "transformative" figure in modern history. He also noted that Mandela visited New York immediately after the 9/11 attacks.

He said city flags will fly at half-mast in Mandela's honor.

Former President Bill Clinton called Mandela a champion of peace and reconciliation.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would be in the prayers of all New Yorkers.


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