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Local leaders weigh in on Mandela's life, death

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Nelson Mandela's life and legacy crossed oceans.

On the day he died, local leaders spoke about what set him apart.

Former Savannah Mayor and civil rights activist Otis Johnson described Mandela as, "a person who could be persecuted and not hate."

Someone who could spend 27 years behind bars, "and still come out and talk about working with his oppressor."

"That's why he is so respected around the world for doing something the average human being couldn't do." 

Savannah State Political Science Department Chairman Benn Bongang likened Mandela to Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.

"The fact that he did not only inspire people, but suffered as a result of his convictions makes him even more special to people around the world."

Professor Bongang said that tonight, the world should reflect on the example Mandela set, his courage, his conviction and his humility.

"Learn from his sacrifice and in our little ways, begin to make the sacrifices so that we can make our world a better place."

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