The World Mourns Nelson Mandela

People across the globe are celebrating the life of the late great Nelson Mandela.

ESSENCE.COM Dec, 05, 2013

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Pakistani schoolchildren hold lamps during a memorial tribute to Nelson Mandela in Karachi.

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The Empire State Building is lit in the colors of the South African flag in honor of former President Nelson Mandela, who died on December 5.

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Battery-powered candles and bouquets of flowers fill Nelson Mandela Square in tribute to the former president in the Sandton shopping district in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Mourners gathered in front of the South African embassy to pay their respects to the memory of Nelson Mandela on December 7, 2013 in Tehran, Iran.

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Fans pay tribute to Nelson Mandela during the 2nd Momentum ODI match between South Africa and India at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban, South Africa.

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The fans of Livorno with a banner for Nelson Mandela during the Serie A match between AS Livorno and AC Milan at Stadio Armando Picchi in Livorno, Italy.

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A young girl places flowers outside the home of former South African president Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg.

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South Africans hold pictures of former South African president Nelson Mandela as they pay tribute following his death in Johannesburg.

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Tributes are placed at the foot of a statue to Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square in London, England.

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Beauty Akpan reads a local newspaper with the photos of Former South Africa President, Nelson Mandela, in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Young girl lays flowers as people pay their respects to former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday aged 95, outside South Africa House in London.

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People photograph the marquee at the historic Apollo Theater, announcing the death of former South African President and civil rights champion Nelson Mandela in the Harlem neighborhood of New York.

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Members of the public sing in tribute to Nelson Mandela outside the South African embassy near Trafalgar Square in London.

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The book of condolence for the death of Nelson Mandela is seen at the South African Embassy in Rome, Italy.

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South Africa's ambassador to Greece S.R. Makgetla pauses in front of a picture of former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, in Athens.

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Left-wing party supporters and activists offer floral tributes in front of a portrait of Nelson Mandela in Kolkata, India. In honor of Nelson Mandela, click here to leave your thoughts and prayers in our digital guestbook.

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Guests sign a commemorative book during the Memorial Service and book signing session held for the late Nelson Mandela at the Durban City Hall in Durban, South Africa.