Thousands and thousands of people across the world gathered in South Africa Wednesday to bid farewell to its former president, Nelson Mandela.
Thousands and thousands of miles away at Seton Hall University, students also honored the icon of world peace, who passed away Dec. 5.
Students from more than 15 campus organizations came together to host a somber candlelight vigil in front of Jubilee Auditorium, paying homage to Mandela’s life and legacy.
Joined by university staffers, the students also took part in a post-vigil prayer and conversation led by the Rev. Dr. Forrest Pritchett.
“I feel that he has a lot to teach us in our context, in our own day, about reconciliation, about peace,” student Raul Asua-Valazzo told FiOS1 News.
With many on the Essex County campus praising the “lasting impact” that Mandela has left on them, university officials say they plan to hold an open discussion on the topic next month.
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