Dec 6, 2013 3:32 PM by David Randall
This morning people around the world are remembering Nelson Mandela, who will go down in history as one of the greatest crusaders for human rights.
Mandela died yesterday in South Africa at the age of 95.
To many Nelson Mandela was known as Madiba which means father. Not just a father to his nation, but also the fight for equality, and this morning his legacy lives on.
In South Africa, the country is celebrating a man who led them to freedom from Apartheid.
In place of tears, they're offering songs and mementos as they bid Nelson Mandela farewell.
President Barack Obama said, the man many called father, taught him about perseverance. "We have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on Earth," said The President.
Mandela was thrown in prison for 27 years because of his efforts to end segregation in South Africa, but he eventually walked free and became the nation's first black president.
The world embraced him, and the U.S. Congress gave him highest honors. "I knew when I first met him that I was in the presence of greatness. He inspired so many people," said Rep. John Lewis, (D) Georgia.
In London, families mourned.
David Cameron called Mandela a hero for all times. "Tonight, one of the brightest lights in our world has gone out," said British Prime Minister David Cameron.
In Harlem, the Apollo Theatre marked Mandela's passing, and at Howard University students honored Mandela by candle light.
Today the world promises to remember Mandela's great sacrifice.
Danielle Leigh, NBC News.