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December 8, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Show appreciation for Nelson Mandela by continuing his legacy

Speak up and challenge the status quo

Supporters show their respect for Nelson Mandela outside of his one-time house in Vilakazi Street December 6 in Soweto, South Africa. Mandela became South Africa's first black president after being jailed for decades for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

Supporters show their respect for Nelson Mandela outside of his one-time house in Vilakazi Street December 6 in Soweto, South Africa. Mandela became South Africa’s first black president after being jailed for decades for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

Nelson Mandela’s words and actions spoke volumes about his character [“A devoted champion for peace and social justice,” page one, Dec. 6].

I had an awesome college professor from South Africa who knew Nelson Mandela well. Mzamo Mangaliso has won many awards at UMass, but one of the best gifts he ever shared with me was the huge smile on his face when Nelson Mandela was released from prison.

I was taught by honest, hard-working people to fight for the rights of others.

— Keith Dougherty, Issaquah

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