Tuskegee Airman remembers Mandela in San Antonio

12/16/2013

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 African-American pilots who flew missions during World War II. 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 local memorial featured speakers who talked about how Mandela's fight against apartheid inspired them.


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