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U.S. Commission On Civil Rights Mourns The Passing Of Nelson Mandela And Celebrates His Life

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  Martin R. Castro, Chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, released the following statement yesterday on the passing of Nelson Mandela:


"The man who symbolized civil and human rights for all in this generation has passed away today. Nelson Mandela stood for equality, justice, forgiveness, and freedom from oppression, not only for South Africans, but for all people of the world. He will be greatly missed, yet his legacy and his idea of unfettered equality for all have inspired a new generation of leaders, and will continue to inspire generations to come.  As President John F. Kennedy once said, 'A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.'"

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with monitoring federal civil rights enforcement.  Members include Chairman Martin R. Castro and Commissioners Roberta Achtenberg, Todd Gaziano, Gail Heriot, David Kladney, and Michael Yaki.  Commission meetings and briefings are open to the general public.  The Commission's website is

1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20425
Telephone:  (202) 376-7700

Lenore Ostrowsky
Acting Chief, Public Affairs Unit
(202) 376-8591

SOURCE U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

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