The NAACP released the following statements following the death of Nelson Mandela:
Roslyn Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors: "The Honorable Nelson Mandela embodied the hopes, dreams, aspirations and values of all who seek justice against tremendous odds. He responded to unfathomable violence with peace and courage, and in doing so he forever changed the world."
Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley, Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the NAACP Board of Directors: "Nelson Mandela's legacy remains an inspiration for the work of the NAACP. In Mandela's name we must continue to bring attention to all aspects of global apartheid characterized by poverty, inequality, discrimination, and prejudice of all kind."
Bill Lucy, member of the NAACP National Board of Directors and labor leader: "The world has lost one of the great statesmen of our time – a man who spent 27 years in prison because he believed in the cause of equality. His loss should set an example for political leaders still here, that there is a need to lead and govern in a manner that is equitable to all people."
Lorraine Miller, Interim NAACP President and CEO: "President Mandela was humanity's greatest living hero. His unwavering sense of justice and peace transformed a nation and inspired the world."