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Rev. Jackson says Mandela was 'fearless leader'

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CHICAGO (AP) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he was blessed to have known Nelson Mandela, calling him a "transformer and fearless leader" who "chose reconciliation over retribution."

Mandela died Thursday at age 95.

Jackson was in Capetown in 1990 when Mandela was released from prison after 27 years -- a moment he described as "filled with great joy."

Three years later, Mandela visited Chicago and was honored during a community event at Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

Jackson says Mandela took the world to great heights when he was released from prison. The civil rights leader says that with his death, Mandela takes the world to great depths of grief.

Jackson says Rainbow PUSH will honor Mandela again during its weekly service on Saturday.

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