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Norton To Attend Mandela's Funeral

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is traveling to South Africa to attend Nelson Mandela's funeral.

Before being elected to Congress, she was one of four activists in 1984 that visited the South African Embassy in a meeting that eventually led to serial protests, sit-ins and arrests at the embassy, actions that eventually helped spur the U.S. to levy sanctions against South Africa.

In a statement Norton says, "Mandela has been a freedom-defining fighter for me and others throughout the world. I could only imagine him before his releasefrom Robben Island but met him when he became president of his country."

Norton will be traveling to the funeral as a member of the congressional delegation.


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