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Mandela leaves lasting impact on Chicagoans

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

From the President of the United States to people in our neighborhoods, Chicagoans say Nelson Mandela had a huge impact on people when he visited back in 1993.

The city's most powerful leaders called on local labor to help Mandela push for democracy in his nation.

It was the Chicago way. But Mandela's dignified, compassionate presence made political enemies unite for one cause, to support his run for the presidency of South Africa.

Chicagoan Rosetta Daylie made the keynote speech and considered it an honor and responsibility to carry Mandela's message.

Politicians and celebrities are tweeting about Mandela's legacy Friday morning:

"The world is better because he lived, and the name Mandela will be on the lips of all those who love and work for peace. Rest in peace," said Mayor Emanuel.

"The world is a better place because of the life Nelson Mandela lived and hope he encouraged. Not even death can dim his light," said Sen. Dick Durbin

President Obama said his very first political action was to protest apartheid. Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle said she, too was inspired by Mandela.

Reverend Jesse Jackson is out of the country and talked to FOX 32 News by telephone. He was there when Nelson Mandela was released from prison.

He said he witnessed incredible joy on that day. And while there is sadness now, Mandela's life example continues to lead the way.

Rev. Jackson said he left a legacy to go forward with hope, not hate.

He says there will be a vigil Friday night at Rainbow Push Headquarters beginning at 6 p.m.

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