Stamford Rev. Dr. Robert Perry remembers time spent with Nelson Mandela

The Rev. Dr. Robert Perry ministers at Union Baptist Church on Newfield Avenue. He says he met Mandela in 1994, soon after Mandela became South Africa's first black president. Perry says they were in Washington, D.C. and Mandela had just finished speaking to Congress.

The Rev. Dr. Robert Perry ministers at Union Baptist Church on Newfield Avenue. He says he met Mandela in 1994, soon after Mandela became South Africa's first black president. Perry says they were in Washington, D.C. and Mandela had just finished speaking to Congress. (12/6/13)

STAMFORD - A reverend in Stamford today remembered the time he spent with the late South African leader Nelson Mandela.

The Rev. Dr. Robert Perry ministers at Union Baptist Church on Newfield Avenue. He says he met Mandela in 1994, soon after Mandela became South Africa's first black president. Perry says they were in Washington, D.C. and Mandela had just finished speaking to Congress.

"He had just a majestic aura about him but yet, very humble and you felt comfortable in his presence," Perry says of the late leader.

Perry says that at the time, he had recently returned from South Africa, where his church had helped build a school close to Mandela's hometown. He says Mandela was impressed that the church would come to that area in South Africa.

Perry says it was a humbling experience to meet the political prisoner-turned-president. He says although Mandela is gone, his legacy lives on.

"The symbol of his life and his works will remain with us. Even though he's gone, he's still alive in spirit and in what he has left for us," Perry says.
 

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