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Statement on The Death of Nelson Mandela

December 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday December 5, Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, died at age 95.

The following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association:

“We offer our thoughts and prayers to the family of Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa. His lifetime of service as an activist and as a grassroots leader who left prison with love greater than resentment, reflected an uncommon passion for social justice, equity and democracy. We celebrate his life, as an inspirational testament to freedom and opportunity for all.

The life and achievements of the United States Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard – a Head Start alumnus – demonstrates just how far-reaching an impact early opportunities have on the path of the lives of the most vulnerable children.”

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