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i cherish the idea. so help me god. >> remembering nelson mandela. the anti-apartheid activist and south african former president dies at 95. this morning he's being remembered as an icon of human rights. >> he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, december 6th, 2013. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. well, this morning nelson mandela is being remembered for his resolve and ability to forgive, traits that helped peacefully end the brutal segregationist policy in his native south africa.
south africa's first black president died yesterday at the age of 95 following a long illness. he was surrounded by his family. mandela's fight against apartheid made him an inspiration to millions, including president obama. >> i would study his words and his writings. the day he was released from prison, he gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes and not by their fears. >> when mandela died, crowds gathered throughout south africa to mourn his death and celebrate his life. debora patta is in johannesburg with the latest. debora, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. well, i'm outside nelson mandela's home. they woke up to the news he had died. it came as no surprise because his health has been very, very poor for six months, but it
still has the power to shock and sadden. his health has been critical but over the past few days it got even worse, prompting his wife graca machel to summon the family to his bedside and in this home they were able to say their final good-byes last night. but the story of his life is really being told on the streets here. rich and poor, young and old, black and white are gathering, some to sing, some to cry. i just saw a white housewife with her black domestic worker, madam and servant, walking arm and arm, sobbing uncontrollably, a fitting legacy to a man whose entire life, his enduring legacy, is one of reconciliation and frillness. forgiveness. his body was taken to one military hospital in pretoria last night and it will lie in state for public viewing and then be flown to his rural home for a private family burial.
that's about a two-hour flight from johannesburg, and that is undisclosed to take place in about ten days. anne-marie. >> debora patta in johannesburg. thank you very much. well, mandela went from prisoner to president becoming one of the great presidents of our time. cbs news anchor scott pelley has more on nelson mandela's remarkable life. >> reporter: he was born on july 18, 1918. his mother named him holy sizwe meaning troublemaker but later a school teacher renamed him nelson. he moves to johannesburg at the age of 23. nelson became one of the first black lawyers and joined the opposition african national congress in the early 1940s devoting himself then to peacefully ending apartied. then in 1960, 69 peaceful black demonstrators were killed by white south african police in the infamous massacre. mandela came to believe that the only recourse then was violence.
>> we feel that it is useless and futile for us to continue talking peace and nonviolence against a government who is on these savage attacks on unarmed defenseless people. >> reporter: he was arrested in 1962 and later sentenced to life for sabotage and conspiracy. he spent most of his time on robben island, the alcatraz of south africa. he said nelson mandela never let his spirit die. >> he worked on the premise that he would live to see the victory. he accepted that he may not live to see the victory, but he did not doubt that the freedom struggle would triumph. >> reporter: mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. then on february 11th, 1990, at the age of 71, he walked free. cbs news correspondent bob simon covered his release. >> reporter: the mandela limousine was a beat up toyota.
the motorcade had to change plans several times because the approaches to cape town were jammed. >> reporter: arches by on desmond tutu said prison made the man. >> the fully robust and aggressive young militant became a generous understanding person. >> i cherish the idea of the new south african where all south africans are equal. >> reporter: in 1993 mandela and the south african president who freed him, f.w., de klerk shared the nobel peace prize and a year after that, mandela became south afri africa's president. >> let there be justice for all. let there be peace for all. let there be work, bread, water,
and salt for all. let freedom ring. god bless south africa. i thank you. >> reporter: nelson mandela chose to serve only one term. in the end he came to personify struggle, a political prisoner who became president and saved his south african nation. >> he could so very easily have led our country down the road of retribution and revenge, and we would have been up a creek. >> reporter: author maya angelou knew mandela since 1960. >> nelson mandela represents the best any of us can hope for. he was a great man, and i'm grateful. the world is better for having him. >> reaction to mandela's death is pouring in from around the world. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. susan, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. the tributes have been coming in all night long from leaders around the world and other
officials, including here in washington. the people of america join south africa today in mourning the passing of nelson mandela. south africans sang and danced outside nelson mandela's home in johannesburg. the outpouring began in the middle of the night when word spread that the man they called mandiba, which means father, had passed away. >> i'm happy he gets to rest in piece. >> reporter: mandela spent 27 years in prison because he fought against apartheid, south africa's system of legalized racism. but as archbishop december monday tutu noted this morning, mandela forgave those who imprisoned him. >> this one has become the global icon symbol of reconciliation. >> upon his release, mandela would go on to become south africa's first black president in 1994. >> he built a genuine
multi-racial democracy in south africa. when he could have had the politics of resentment, he chose the politics of inclusion. >> years later he would become the man that would become the world's first black president. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profound lie good human beings that any of us will share good times with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> not far from his house, the morners gathered outside nelson mandela's statue outside the embassy. >> we try to prepare ourselves, but it's not that easy. >> flags at the white house and other federal buildings will fly at half-staff in honor of mandela through monday. now, many see the most striking aspect of nelson mandela's legacy as this extraordinary capacity for forgiveness, that with no bitterness, he embraced
those who held him captive and thereby brought about this unification of south africa, and made him a hero for all ages. anne-marie? >> susan mcginnis in washington. thank you, susan. well, nelson mandela left the south african presidency in 1999. his life has been portrayed in several movies. one, "mandela: long walk to freedom," had its london debut last night just as mandela passed away. prince william and the duchess of cambridge were attending the premiere. >> it's extremely sad and tragic news. we were just reminded of what an extraordinary and inspiring man nelson mandela was, and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family right now. >> reporter: the audience didn't learn of nelson mandela's death until after the movie was other. the movie producer explained his daughters wanted the premiere to go on. we'll have much more on nelson mandela's life coming up on "cbs this morning."
now, to other news. millions of americans are facing another big blast of winter-like weather, and the national weather service is also issuing storm and ice warnings from texas to tennessee. some parts of the midwest are expected to see several inches of snow. the storm is also bridging bitter cold to a wide swath of the eastern half of the country. schools in dallas and ft. worth are closed today and residents are being told to stay home. they're calling today ice friday. sleet and freezing rain are coating roads, making travel dangerous. a fleet of dump trucks is spreading sand on highways. coming up on the "morning news," a murder mystery in benghazi. an american teacher shot dead in a libyan city. this is the "cbs morning news." . teacher shot dead in a libyan city. this is the "cbs morning news." . but jim has afib, atrial fibrillation -- an irregular heartbeat, not caused by a heart valve problem. that puts jim at a greater risk of stroke. for years, jim's medicine tied him to a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but now, with once-a-day xarelto®, jim's on the move. jim's doctor recommended xarelto®. like warfarin,
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made this video for his austin church. ronnie talked about his need to spread a spiritual message. he worried about adapting to a foreign culture but said faith would guide him. >> if there's any single person in the entire person you can take a chance on, it's god. >> reporter: smith took a job teaching chemistry at the international school in benghazi. as he was jogging along this street, he was shot and killed by gunmen riding in a black sheep. no one has claimed responsibility but suspicions are focused islamic militants. since ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed 15 months ago, westerners have been targets. in jeune the u.s. state department warned all u.s. citizens against traveling to benghazi. and the october capture of one
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on its economic stimulus program. the economy has added an average of 202,000 jobs a month from august to october. the unemployment level stands at 7.3%. indications that the fed may cut back its economic stimulus sent stocks lower on wall street. the dow jones industrial average lost 68 points, its fifth straight day of decline. the nasdaq fell 4 points. asian markets were cautious ahead of the u.s. jobs report. tokyo's nikkei gained nearly 1% and hong kong's hang seng added a fraction. general motors is pulling most of its chevrolet brand from europe. most chevy sales in europe will end by the beginning of 2016. gm says it will concentrate its european sales efforts on its german made opal brand. they'll offer the corvette throughout europe. and fast food workers demonstrated for higher wages yesterday. protests and work stoppages were held across the country. the effort to raise the minimum wage to $16 an hour began about
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todman for a third quarter touchdown. the jags win, 27-20. finally, nelson mandela once said sport has the power to change the world. as a young man, the human rights leader was an accomplished amateur boxer. a year after his historic election as south africa's first president was credited with bringing his nation together at the world cup final which south africa won. he got to host the2010 world cup. the first time that tournament was ever held in africa. and he was known for inspiring athletes across generations. boxing legend muhammad ali had this to say about mandela. he was a man whose heart, soul, and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars, or the burden of
hate and revenge. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," worldwide reaction to the dealt of nelson mandela. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news." this is the "cbs morning news." [ female announcer ] we give you relief from your cold symptoms. you give them the giggles. tylenol cold® helps relieve your worst cold and flu symptoms. but for everything we do, we know you do so much more. tylenol cold®. [ ding ] cheese plate? cheese plate. no, i made something better.
here's another look at this morning's top stories. the world is mourning and celebrating nelson mandela this morni morning. the world's app tie apartheid leader died yesterday at home following a long illness. mandela was 95 years old and when word of his dealt was announced crowds started to gather across south africa. this morning mourners gathered at his home and at memorials around the country. mandela will be bury at his ancestral home in about ten days. well, this morning nelson mandela is being remembered as a fighter for human rights and equality and he says the most powerful weapon for change is education. as jim axelrod reports, that message inspired generations of american students and teachers.
>> reporter: when nelson mandela visited madison park high school in roxbury, massachusetts, in 1990, the crowd went wild, eager to hear his words of wisdom. >> the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. >> reporter: cele celestino dep was a sophomore in the gym that day. >> the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and at the time that was a quote that really stuck to my head and to this day i try to instill the same concept in my students. >> reporter: mandela's speech was a turning point in depina's young life. he decided he, too, wanted to lead from the classroom as a teacher. >> okay. the word "freedom," but freedom is not free. >> reporter: now he's a history teacher at brighton high school in boston, hoping to be a role model in a school where more than one in ten students drop out.
born to poor immigrant parents in the west african nation of cape verde, depina knows well barriers to a child's success. >> i use my hardships as a motivation. today as an educator, i tell my students, well, don't use your personal issues as an impediment for not coming to school and not succeeding in school. as a matter of fact, use that as a motivation because later on it will pay off. >> reporter: depina says the words in life of one of africa's greatest elders will long inspire. >> and this is the person i was talking about, nelson mandela. he has paved the way for others, and i think that cycle should only continue if you want to have a better world. >> reporter: many will remember how nelson mandela changed the world, including one kid in the bleachers who was moved to try to do the same one classroom at a time. >> there's no easy walk to freedom anywhere. >> reporter: jim axelrod, cbs news, boston.
coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," special coverage on the death of nelson mandela. we'll take you live to johannesburg. plus, reaction from the white house. we'll hear from former secretary of state colin powell. and we'll look back at some memorable moments from charlie rose's conversation with nelson mandela. that's the "cbs morning news" for this friday. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
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