The first president of post-apartheid South Africa, Nelson Mandela, died in his Johannesburg home on Thursday of complications from a lung infection. He was 95. Mandela’s funeral will be on the scale of the late british statesman Winston Churchill and Pope John Paul. As many as five kings, six queens, over 70 presidents and prime ministers and over 2 million faithful are expected to bid the internationally respected leader farewell. President Barack Obama and all living American Presidents that are healthy enough to attend will join the US delegation. This global full house of heads of state is a fitting tribute for a person of Nelson Mandela’s impact and stature.
This Nyack Sketch Log was posted in June 2013 in honor of Mandela’s 95th birthday.