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Mid-Michigan Reflects On Life of Nelson Mandela

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Across the globe, Friday is a day of sadness and celebration as the death of icon Nelson Manadela sinks-in.

The 95-year old former South African President passed away yesterday. And Mandela made an impact here in mid-Michigan as well.

Not only did he deliver a speech to the graduating class of Michigan State University in 2008, but the school has one of the largest African study centers in the country.

MSU also offers the "Mandela Fellowship Program," allowing students to travel to South Africa to learn about the icon's life and his approach to life.

"He chose, as many people know if they saw the film 'Invictus.' He chose to bring people together. His commitment to unity and democracy is something I think we all could benefit from in knowing more about," said Dr. Kurt Dewhurts, Michigan State University Professor.

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