Tuskegee Airman remembers Mandela in San Antonio

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Associated Press

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 4:02 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Tuskegee Airman in San Antonio is among those around the world remembering the life of South African President Nelson Mandela.

Granville Coggs was one of the groundbreaking WWII-era African-American pilots. At a memorial Sunday for Mandela's life, Coggs recited a poem he learned Mandela had memorized and repeated during his nearly three decades in prison.

Coggs told the audience at Mount Zion First Baptist Church: "I am the captain of my fate. I am the master of my soul."

Mandela was laid to rest Sunday in his ancestral village in South Africa. He died Dec. 5 at 95.

The San Antonio Express-News reports (http://bit.ly/1kOpxUh ) that the local memorial featured speakers who talked about how Mandela's fight against apartheid inspired them.

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Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com

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