Houstonians from all walks of life spent Friday remembering and reflecting on the legacy of Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95.
In southwest Houston, people attended a candlelight ceremony at Lucy's Ethiopian Restaurant. While Mandela lived in South Africa, members of Houston's African community say he had a deep impact across the continent and the world.
"We have Islam, we have Judaism we have Christians, we have people who don't believe, but the fact that they united is what makes this event at Lucy's significant," said Bronson Woods, who helped organize the vigil.
Mandela visited Houston after he was released from prison in the early nineties. He accepted an honorary degree from Texas Southern University.
"He is the person that I most admired among the living until yesterday. He is a great hero of mine," said Houston attorney Rufus Cormier, who was chairman of the TSU Board of Regents at the time of the anti-apartheid leaders visit to Houston.
"He leaves a legacy of one of the greatest of one of the greatest leaders and greatest humanitarians of our age and the world suffered a great loss when he passed away yesterday," said Cormier.
On Sunday many churches across Houston will deliver a special message about the lessons of Mandela’s life.
If we just forgive a little, we will be practicing President Mandela's legacy in the most significant way, and it's the only way we can live free," said Pastor Rudy Rasmus, of St. John's Houston Church.