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Students at Duke University gathered at Duke Chapel Tuesday to remember the life of Nelson Mandela. Students at Duke University gathered at Duke Chapel Tuesday to remember the life of Nelson Mandela.
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Students at Duke University gathered at Duke Chapel Tuesday to remember the life of Nelson Mandela.

Faculty and students from South Africa organized the inter-faith vigil in honor of the South African leader, who died Dec. 5. The vigil coincides with World Rights Day, a topic closely associated with Mandela.

Attendees heard stories about Mandela, a speech from the leader and saw pictures and quotes that described his legacy.

Organizers wanted the vigil to be a time to sing, pray and reflect on Mandela's life and legacy.

"Everybody has their own story," said Catherine Adcock, a visiting professor of public policy. "Part of what we wanted to do was to gather people to think about it from different perspectives -- specifically an inter-faith perspective -- and have a moment of quietness to reflect and really come to terms with what he means for each one of us in a public way."

Duke sophomore Busi Sibeko, who is from South Africa, reflected on Mandela for his "forgiveness and great leadership."

"There's nobody -- that I know of at least -- that's so forgiving as he was," Sibeko said. "You saw that over and over again, and those morals sort of filtered through to the people."

Organizers said everyone has their own idea of what Mandela meant and what he stood for, and the vigil was a time for those perspectives to be heard.

Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

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