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Baton Rouge remembers Nelson Mandela

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POSTED: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 5:08pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 6:36pm

People in Baton Rouge are taking time to remember the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, former South African President. He died Thursday at the age of 95.  

At Southern University, Public Policy Professors had the opportunity to meet Mandela in 2000. They say he lived a "life of sacrifice." Mandela spoke at Commencement that year and gave the department permission to rename the school in his honor.

"It was an honor for the school, and I think he was honored by it," said Dean of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy, Dr. William Arp, III. "He was a symbol--A symbol of justice, a symbol of integrity. He fought for those who could not fight for themselves."

Arp referenced one of Mandela's popular quotes, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

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