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Posted: April 14, 2018

Mourners flood social media to honor  Winnie Mandela during funeral 

Remembering Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

By Najja Parker

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

South Africans gathered Saturday to bid farewell to Winnie Mandela, and mourners from across the globe flocked to social media to honor her legacy during the funeral. 

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The anti-apartheid activist, who died at age 81 earlier this month, was laid to rest in a massive celebration, which was attended by thousands including Jesse Jackson and Naomi Campbell. 

Mandela, once married to former South African President Nelson Mandela, was known as “Mother of the Nation” or simply “Mama” for her fight against apartheid. She also became Johannesburg’s first black female social worker.

Although the ceremony, which was streamed live, took place in South Africa, several from around the world headed to Twitter to say their goodbyes to the controversial leader. Many reposted speeches, videos and pictures from the service.

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A few acknowledged the rainy weather, stating the drizzle was a sign of “peace.”

Others said institutions, such as the Cape Town International Airport, should be named after the legend. 

Others simply reflected on her legacy and influence.

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