In Chicago, Congressman Bobby Rush hosted a “People’s Tribute” to Nelson Mandela Sunday.
Rush is a pastor at the Beloved Community Christian Church of God and Christ on the south side.
The memorial service brought together representatives from Chicago’s Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim communities to celebrate Mandela’s message of inclusion.
Among the speakers wad former governor George Ryan who talked about Mandela’s influence on decisions Ryan made in office.
Congressman Rush said one of the highlights of his life was helping to organize Mandela’s visit to Chicago after his release from prison.
Years later, Mandela invited Rush and his wife to visit his home in South Africa.