NYC to name school for Mandela

A group of Mandela supporters outside Boys and A group of Mandela supporters outside Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant display their joy upon the arrival of Nelson Mandela to the school. (June 20, 1990) Photo Credit: AP

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A new high school will be named after anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela and set up on the campus he visited months after enduring 27 years in prison, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday.

The creation of the Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice is expected to be approved Wednesday by the board of the city Education Department.

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The announcement came a day after Mandela, the political prisoner who rose to become South Africa's first black president and a 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner, died at age 95.

"President Mandela once said 'Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,' " Bloomberg said in a news release.

The school would open in September in a building at Brooklyn's Boys and Girls High School campus, where masses cheered Mandela in 1990 before he was feted in a parade down Manhattan's Canyon of Heroes.

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