Word of Nelson Mandela's death spread quickly to Alaska, where his actions in life have been inspirational despite South Africa being half a world away.
Whether it is through his actions or his message to the world, Mandela has influenced Alaskans who are now mourning his passing.
First Vice President of the Anchorage NAACP branch Kevin McGee says Mandela's death is more than a loss for South Africa but for the whole world.
He says he's saddened by today's news but feels Mandela's legacy will live on forever because of his ability to unite all races by finding common ground.
“We lost a great man, that inspired me and I think inspired a lot of those throughout the world,” said McGee.
Bridge Builders Co-Founder Malcolm Roberts says he hopes Mandela’s life will inspire the next generation, “Nelson Mandela had a vision that I think inspired the world. He certainly was the most inspirational statesman in my lifetime in my point of view,” said Roberts.
Mandela was remembered worldwide for his fight against apartheid but also for his belief that "all" people should be treated fairly and with respect.