Local News

Public invited to Mandela memorial service in Raleigh

Posted December 12, 2013
Updated December 13, 2013

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— The public is invited to First Baptist Church on Saturday to join in a community-wide memorial service for late South Africa President Nelson Mandela.

The “Celebration of Life” program begins at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church at 101 S. Wilmington St.

The Rev. Dr. Dumas Harshaw Jr., pastor at the church, will officiate the service, which will include a welcome from Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane.

Speakers will include the Rev. William Barber, president of the state chapter of the NAACP, 1st District Congressman G.K. Butterfield and Morrisville City Councilman Steve Rao.

WRAL.com will provide a livestream of the memorial service.

7 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • 426X3 Dec 13, 2013

    I know, the federal government (BHO) could mandate the naming of highways/streets after him. And for those state and local governments that didn't comply, they could withhold federal highway funds. Much like it is done today.

  • 678devilish Dec 13, 2013

    Yes! We should make his death a federal holiday.

    ABSOLUTELY NO!!!!!!! HE IS NOT AN AMERICAN! PLEASE DON'T CUT THE PROGRAMS FOR THIS EITHER!!!!!!!!

  • Billy the Kid Dec 13, 2013

    Will they have a fake sign language guy there too?

  • Sweetgrl3 Dec 13, 2013

    Good grief!

  • 426X3 Dec 13, 2013

    Another opportunity for the "Rev" to get his mug on TV.

  • not Dec 13, 2013

    Yes! We should make his death a federal holiday.

  • patrick85ed Dec 13, 2013

    Really?