Brooklyn school to be named after Nelson Mandela

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – A Brooklyn school visited by the late Nelson Mandela in 1990 will be the location for a new school named for the anti-apartheid leader, Mayor Bloomberg announced Friday.

A special school for social justice will be created inside Boys and Girls High School in Bed-Stuy, Bloomberg said on his radio show. “I think a school named after him and at a location he visited…I think is a nice way to pay tribute,” the Mayor said.

Mandela visited the school in June of 1990, a stop on his eight-city tour of the United States. “If in our struggle we receive the support of the youth of the world, then our cause will never fail,” Mandela told the packed football field.

Bloomberg said Mandela’s legacy of forgiveness will be a cornerstone of the school. “The amazing this is how he brought people together. After that number of years in jail, you’d think he’d come out with a score to settle and he was much smarter than that.”