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Thousand pay last tribute to Nelson Mandela

A massive international tribute for Nelson Mandela took place this morning in South Africa.

Thousands of South Africans and hundreds of foreign dignitaries and guests gathered at a soggy stadium near Johannesburg to pay tribute to the civil rights leader who died last week. 

The world descended on Johannesburg to celebrate the life of Nelson  Mandela.
Tens of thousands singing and dancing. In a torrential downpour -- in African culture that's a sign.

When it rains, it means that your gods are welcoming you.
Four U.S. presidents - Obama, Bush, Clinton and Carter joined over 100 heads of states at  a 94,000-seat soccer stadium.

In an unexpected moment, President Obama greeted Cuban Leader Raul Castro - showing that even nations with a frosty history could come together to honor

 The icon South Africans called Madiba.
Madiba would emerge as the last great liberator of the 20th century, like Dr. King, he give potent voice to the claims of the oppressed and the moral necessity of racial justice..

Mandela's life-long fight for freedom and justice remembered through song
Nelson Mandela.Tatamadiba.
And prayer..
Three of Mandela's grandchildren took the stage.

Rich or poor, men, women and children must live side by side dreaming the same dream.

Residents of Mandela's home village watched the memorial live on TV. 
Hayley Jimison born in South Africa but now calls Pensacola home also paid tribute to the iconic leader.

"After everything that he went through he still came out on top and he still came out fighting for his country for the people that put him in prison."

The former president will be buried there on Sunday.
Hayley Jimison "He's one of the greatest men in history to me."