The World Pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Act 1: Both powerful and ordinary people gathered across the world to remember Mandela's legacy.
3:00 | 12/07/13

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Good evening, his long walk has come to an end. Now his legacy lives on. Tributes to nelson mandela pouring in from world leaders, flags at the white house, the un and across south africa lowered to half staff. Tonight we learn more about the funeral plans and a national week of mourning for the people of south africa even as new images come in from people all over the world. They are joining madiba's country men and women as they celebrate the peacemaker who rewrote the pages of history. Reporter: A nation spent its first full day without its patriarch. But from johannesburg to soweto -- young, old, black and white also sang and danced in celebration of the life of the country's most revered figure. I think he would want us to celebrate his life. Reporter: But the impact reverberate far beyond south africa, as world figures pay tribute to a man who stood head and shoulders above the rest. I am one of the countless millions who drew inspirations from his life. Reporter: It was a sad long goodbye for mandela, the frail reality of his health hit home in june when he was rushed to the hospital for a lung infection, mandela was eventually allowed to return home. The end seemed near. We will fight for freedom. Reporter: During this period, his legacy burned as bright as ever. Just last week saw the release of a new biograph cal feature film about mandela. In a sad irony the news of his death came during the london premiere attende by his daughters and the london couple. It is extremely sad and tragic news. We are reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man he was. Reporter: Meanwhile, one last official journey for nelson mandela from johannesburg to pretoria, where his body will lay in state in the capital. Then he will be buried at his ancestral village, a final rest that he in his own words was fully at peace with. Death is something inevitable he once wrote. When a man has done what he considers his duty to his people and his country. He can rest in peace. Now it will be left to others to keep his words and deeds alive. Nelson mandela met president obama only once, as seen in this photograph at the start of his career as a u.S. Senator. He was forever inspired. We will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. For now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela lived, a man who no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages.

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