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ORLANDO, FLA – The Florida Civil Rights Association joins the world in mourning the death of a global civil rights hero, former South African President Nelson Mandela.

I am deeply saddened to learn of the recent death of Nelson Mandela, a political prisoner for 27 years who became President of a nation that unjustly imprisoned him, said J. Willie David, III, President of the Florida Civil Rights Association. Mandela had a profound gift to inspire entire nations with the courage of his convictions and the depth of his faith to fight for peace and equality while confined in a jail cell," David added.

The world has come to a pause, as we, its inhabitants, brothers and sisters all over, recognize and reflect on the extraordinary life, work and endless influence of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. People from so many and varied languages, cultures, political orientations and other mores are joined now, today, in this moment of sorrow, and yet, of celebration.

Who are some of the first superheroes that come to your mind? Superman, Spiderman, Batman, the Hulk, Ironman, Captain America... and what do they have in common? They're all white dudes. Comic companies are trying to diversify their superhero ranks. There have been non-white characters, and even a few Muslim heros.

NEW YORK (November 28, 2013) - A Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I am especially thankful for the blessings of the Lord - for health, for family, for friendship and for meeting new friends along the way this year. During a recent flight from New York to London, I was dreading the long journey across "the pond," especially since I knew the flight bookings were pretty heavy, and it would be unlikely the center seat in economy class would be vacant to afford a little extra leg room on the seven-hour journey to the "mother country".