New York celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Events were held around New York City in honor of Nelson Mandela International Day which is marked annually on the late leader's birthday of July 18th.

Congressman Charles Rangel spoke at Harlem Mandela Day on 125th street Friday evening. Rangel described the former South African President saying he was "never without courage, never without the smile, and what an inspiration he's been to everybody in this world."

Inside Manhattan's Riverside Church, Footsteps of Mandela was held, a musical tribute and fundraiser for malaria prevention in Africa.

A team of volunteers in Brooklyn marked Mandela Day by cleaning up Fulton Park and a garden near Boys and Girls High School. Mandela visited Boys and Girls High during his first visit to New York City and the U. S. in 1990.