Dec 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm
ST. CLOUD (KNSI) - The impact of South African leader and Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela was felt and honored today on the campus of St. Cloud State University.
Around 100 students, faculty and staff gathered for a presentation on Mandela's life and work at the Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom earlier this afternoon.
A handful of speakers, including students and faculty, took turns at the podium explaining how Mandela's work has shaped their own lives.
One attendee was the university's Dr. Kathy Johnson. SCSU students have been studying abroad at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa for nearly two decades, and Johnson says she's thankful to have been given the opportunity to travel with some of them in years past.
Johnson says she's overheard people in the community express confusion about exactly who the South African leader was, and his international significance, and that worries her.
She says she hopes Mandela's death will reaffirm how important it is to educate American students on global history, politics and social change.
Mandela passed away in South Africa last Thursday. He was 95.
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