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WVU Students Honor Nelson Mandela

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West Virginia University students and staff came together to pay tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Mandela died on December 5 at the age of 95.

He was a historic figure who inspired and elevated millions of people around the world. He won the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

WVU students watched several videos that honored Mandela on Friday night and said they loved to watch and learn about what Mandela fought for over the years.

Many members of the WVU African American Students Association expressed their feelings about Mandela in a discussion.

"I think that lets us know that no matter where we are; whether we're here in Morgantown, West Virginia or in Soweto or Nigeria or wherever we are. On a college campus, we can play an active role in making sure equality exist all over the world," said Nichelle Sowers, ADA Coordinator.

Students and faculty also participated in a candlelight vigil and moment of silence in honor of Nelson Mandela.