National League of Cities Statement on Passing of Nelson Mandela

WASHINGTON, DC - The following statement can be attributed to Clarence Anthony, executive director, National League of Cities:

"We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela earlier today. The world has lost a great leader who inspired and brought hope to so many people around the globe for his unyielding pursuit of righteousness, truth and equality. His uncompromising devotion to human rights will serve as a beacon for us all to follow for many years to come. Our thoughts are with his family and the people of South Africa during this difficult time."

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.