MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - People are still mourning the death of Nelson Mandela, especially in the Eastern Panhandle. NAACP officials are speaking about his impact around the world, and his influence to them.
A man for the ages, who inspired the world, standing up for equal rights for blacks in South Africa. That's how Danette Ross, the president of the Berkeley County NAACP describes Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who died last week. Ross said Mandela showed the world how to unify a country through peace.
"We all just talked about what a great inspiration, President Mandela has been to all people, I mean his fight and his plight with the civil rights, and the his anti apartheid issues," said Ross.
Mandela was imprisoned in Robben Island back in 1962 for conspiracy to overthrow the government while fighting against anti-apartheid issues in his nation. He was then released nearly three decades later, and was elected president in 1994. With the country on the brink of civil war, he brought the nation together by supporting the country's rugby team during the 1995 World Cup, which was considered a sport of the whites."My thoughts go to when he was able to walk out of prison that way he did with a forgiving heart, the way he stated he wanted to be there to unify," said Ross.
Ross said Mandela's legacy will live on for generations to come.
"I hope that everyone knows, this was a man whose life impacted not just his nation, not his country, but the whole continent his life had impact around world," said Ross.
Mandela died at the age of 95.
South African President Jacob Zuma said Mandela will be buried on December 15, 2013 at his ancestral home in the Eastern Cape.