Today, Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI12) issued the following statement regarding the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela:
"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Nelson Mandela, a true and honorable man who helped move our world forward, taking giant steps closer to the goal of equality for all. He stood defiant in the face of inequality, put his life and livelihood on the line for a cause he knew was true and just, and left his nation and this world a better place. To have that lasting effect is among the greatest tests of heroism, and I'm confident in saying that Mandela will forever stand as a hero, not only to South Africans, but to all who believe in the power of one person effecting global change for a greater good. His hope managed to shine in a time of great darkness, and for that light we are and will remain forever grateful. The Mandela family and the people of South Africa remain in Deborah's and my thoughts and prayers."