District of Columbia residents who were unable to walk in the snow and rain to the South African Embassy to sign the Book of Condolence to pay honor and respect to Nelson Mandela still have an opportunity to be part of history on Wednesday December 11, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mayor Vincent Gray invites District residents to sign the official Book of Condolence which will be delivered to the Embassy of the Republic of Africa in honor of Nelson Mandela and the Mandela family. For seniors and those with disabilities Mayor Gray has resolved the problem of being forced to spend long hours in the cold and snow or having to walk a long distance from the DuPont Metro Station.
The official Book of Condolence will be available in the foyer of the District of Columbia City Hall in the John A. Wilson Building on the First Floor Grand Foyer at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue. Having the Book of Condolence at the city headquarters will make it possible for District of Columbia residents to join the millions of people around the world who are thanking Mandela for his sacrifices to end racial prejudice and segregation that had affected people in every nation.
“The District’s Book of Condolence is a way for District residents and officials to express their sympathy to the people of South Africa and their appreciation for the life and legacy of late South African President and internationally renowned freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, who passed away December 5. Many District residents and leaders supported President Mandela and his long fight against the brutal South African system of racial segregation and discrimination known as apartheid. Many District residents who fought in the American Civil Rights Movement felt a special connection to Mandela and South Africa’s struggle,” Gray said.
The Book of Condolence will be available for District residents to sign on both Wednesday December 11, and Thursday December 12, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Access to the District building is available by taking the Metro train that runs directly under the building. The Metro Center Station places riders within minutes of the District Headquarters. The Foyer is warm and will also offer protection from the elements as residents wait to sign the historic book..
President Barack Obama will lead the American delegation to South Africa for the December 15, 2013, funeral of one of the greatest world leaders in history. All District of Columbia residents are asked to join the world in the historic act of signing the Book of Condolence to honor Nelson Mandela.