Augsburg College hosts public ‘Book of Condolences’ to honor President Nelson Mandela

MINNEAPOLISMembers of the public are invited to sign a “Book of Condolences” Dec. 10-13 to honor the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela and to mourn the loss of this world icon.

The book is sponsored by the Honorable LaJune Thomas Lange ’75, who serves as Honorary Consul for the Republic of South Africa for the State of Minnesota.

Book of Condolences: Elected and appointed officials, friends of the people of South Africa, and members of the public are invited to sign the book, which will be housed at the Welcome Desk of Augsburg College’s Christensen Center, 720 22nd Ave. S., Minneapolis. The book will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Dec. 10-13.

Memorial Service: A memorial service will be held for President Nelson Mandela at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Ave., St. Paul. The Memorial is hosted by the Honorary Consul for the Republic of South Africa in Minnesota, Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo of the Chicago Consulate, South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, and a Minnesota host committee comprised of a range of faith-based organizations.

About Judge Lange: The Honorable LaJune Thomas Lange served as a Fourth Judicial District Court Judge for the State of Minnesota. In this role as Honorary Consul for the Republic of South Africa, Lange represents South Africans in Minnesota to foster partnerships and economic development. Lange first met Mandela in 1997 in King Williams Town, South Africa, when Mandela was there to dedicate a statue in honor of Stephen Biko, an anti-apartheid leader and activist in South Africa who died while in police custody. Lange is president of the International Leadership Institute and is an internationally recognized expert on human rights.

About Augsburg College: Augsburg College is set in a vibrant neighborhood at the heart of the Twin Cities and offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to about 4,000 students of diverse backgrounds. The College hosts the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the only program outside of Norway that is affiliated with the Norwegian Nobel Institute. Augsburg College educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community that is committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings.

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