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President Barack Obama kisses poet and author Maya Angelou after giving her the 2010 Medal of Freedom (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Maya Angelou, ‘One Of The True Jewels Of Humanity,’ Dead At Age 86

Maya Angelou, an award-winning author and poet, and a prominent voice in the civil rights movement, has died at the age of 86.

05/28/2014

Former Gov. George Ryan on Sunday talks about Nelson Mandela during a memorial service. (CBS)

Former Gov. Ryan Says Nelson Mandela Influenced The Clearing Of Illinois’ Death Row

Ryan, a free man since July, spoke during a memorial service for Mandela held in Chicago.

12/15/2013

South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Rainbow Push HQ To Host Mandela Memorial Service Friday

Chicago memorial service for South African President Nelson Mandela will be Friday night at Rainbow/PUSH Headquarters.

12/10/2013

Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela (File photo credit: SIPHIWE SIBEKO/AFP/Getty Images)

Mandela Remembered At Special Mass At St. Sabina

People across the Chicago area are gathering at churches to say prayers of remembrance for former South African president and global human-rights icon and the services at a South Side church took on special meaning Sunday.

12/08/2013

Derrick Davis signs the condolence book for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Harold Washington Library. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Chicago Mourners Share Thoughts, Memories In Condolence Book For Nelson Mandela

People who have been showing up to sign the condolence book for the late South African president Nelson Mandela at the Harold Washington Library have said they felt compelled to share their thoughts and memories.

12/07/2013

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., at microphone, leads a vigil Friday night for Nelson Mandela. (CBS)

Mandela Vigil Held At Rainbow PUSH Headquarters

About 30 people — including a local Catholic priest who was born in South Africa — took part in the hour-long vigil on Friday evening to honor Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.

12/06/2013

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Professor: Mandela Was ‘A President For The World’

A Chicago professor who considered former South Africa President Nelson Mandela a friend said the loss of the equal rights icon was the death of “a president for the world.”

12/06/2013

Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela (File photo credit: SIPHIWE SIBEKO/AFP/Getty Images)

Englewood Students Learn About Mandela’s Fight For Freedom

As they learn about the life and accomplishments of late South African President Nelson Mandela, students at an Englewood charter school will get a chance to see a new biographical film before it hits theaters later this month.

12/06/2013

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Mandela Condolence Book In Chicago

The consulate general of South Africa in Chicago is making a condolence book available after the death of Nelson Mandela.

12/06/2013

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Local Mandela Biographer: A Triumphant End To Triumphant Life

Douglas Foster said that Mandela died what many would consider to be an ideal death: with his family at his side, and only after years of preparing the people and politicians of South Africa for his passing.

12/05/2013

Renju Varghese reacts to the death of Nelson Mandela in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. (CBS)

In Chicago’s Hyde Park, Sadness Spreads At News Of Mandela’s Death

Residents of the diverse community headed home Thursday and learned about the passing of Nelson Mandela. CBS 2′s Pamela Jones reports.

12/05/2013

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Chicago Priest From South Africa Says Mandela ‘Made Us Believe In Ourselves’

CBS 2’s Mike Parker talked with Thulani Magwaza, an associate pastor at St. Sabina’s Church.

12/05/2013

This file video screen grab shows Nelson Mandela arriving in Chicago in 1993. (CBS)

With ’93 Chicago Visit, Mandela Raised Millions To Run For President Of South Africa

Nelson Mandela, who died at age 95 today, created quite a stir when he visited Chicago back in 1993. CBS 2′s Dorothy Tucker reports.

12/05/2013

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Illinois Tributes Begin Pouring In For Mandela

Reaction came swiftly Thursday from the Illinois political world after the South African government announced the passing of civil-rights icon Nelson Mandela.

12/05/2013

Nelson Mandela with Rev. Jesse Jackson in Chicago in 1993. Mandela's former wife, Winnie, is standing next to Jackson. (Credit: Rev. Jesse Jackson)

Jesse Jackson: Nelson Mandela Created New World Standard for Justice

Nelson Mandela, who died today, is being remembered as a humble but determined leader who became a symbol of freedom and justice for millions of South Africans and people around the world.

12/05/2013

Nelson Mandela seen on his 92nd birthday last year. (PETER MOREY/AFP/Getty Images)

Rev. Jackson Concerned Over Mandela Health Scare

The international icon’s hospitalization in South Africa has drawn wide attention.

01/27/2011