Rep. Donna F. Edwards "The world has lost an activist who battled apartheid, a fighter who overcame his own imprisonment, and a leader who formed modern South Africa based on equality for all. Nelson Mandela embodied the knowledge that our vision for a better world is best accomplished through non-violence, dialogue, and reconciliation. His lasting legacy is the belief that we must live free 'in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.' "It is my hope that as we mourn the passing of this great leader, we pursue courageously that vision and turn his legacy into a reality for all. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and the people of South Africa as their nation mourns the loss of its greatest son."
Nate Pesce, Baltimore Sun Media Group