Tuskegee Airman Remembers Mandela in San Antonio 12/16/13
SAN ANTONIO - A Tuskegee Airman in San Antonio is among those around the world remembering the life of South African President Nelson Mandela.
Granville Coggs was one of the groundbreaking African-American pilots who flew missions during World War II. At a memorial Sunday for Mandela's life, Coggs recited a poem he learned Mandela had memorized and repeated during his nearly three decades in prison.
Coggs told the audience at Mount Zion First Baptist Church: "I am the captain of my fate. I am the master of my soul."
Mandela was laid to rest Sunday in his ancestral village in South Africa. He died Dec. 5 at 95.
The San Antonio Express-News reports that the local memorial featured speakers who talked about how Mandela's fight against apartheid inspired them.