PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — University of Pittsburgh Professor Brenda Berrian said Thursday night that Nelson Mandela’s legacy is “wanting peace, justice and wanting all races to get along with each other.”

Berrian had been to South Africa more than a dozen times in the past 20 years, she even taught at the school Mandela once attended before he was sent to prison in the 1960s and he remained incarcerated for more than two-and-a-half decades.

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Berrian first met Mandela when he made a visit to Pittsburgh in late 1991, he was a guest speaker at Soldiers and Sailors Hall, at a gathered sponsored by the HJ Heinz Co.

Former Pittsburgh Councilman and political activist Sala Udin said that Mandela will long be remembered for his actions and convictions, especially in his fight against apartheid.

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Udin told KDKA-TV News, “He was the ultimate fighter and revolutionary, showing us his temperament by being able to spend more than 26 years in prison, while at the time he continued to lead the struggle and free his people against apartheid.”

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