Boys & Girls high school to be renamed after Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela in 2010. AP photo

Associated Press

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a Brooklyn school will be named after South African leader Nelson Mandela.

Bloomberg said Friday that the Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn will be renamed The Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice.

Mandela, one of the world's most beloved figures, died Thursday. He was 95.

Mandela visited that school during a visit to New York in 1990. It was just months after he was released after spending 27 years in prison.

He was in incarcerated for political offenses in apartheid South Africa.

Bloomberg says renaming the Bedford-Stuyvesant school to honor Mandela will "forever serve as a reminder" of his powerful legacy.

Mandela traveled to New York several times and received a key to the city in 2005.

December 6, 2013 - 12:30pm


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