Oprah Winfrey honors Nelson Mandela at the NAACP Image Awards

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

Oprah Winfrey joined Stevie Wonder in honoring Nelson Mandela on Saturday at the NAACP Image Awards.

According to the Associated Press, Winfrey said, "We can each reflect, I do believe, the greatness he inspired in all of us. I have to say sitting at his funeral and watching that casket go into the ground, I miss him dearly. I want you all to know that his life was an example to us all."

Winfrey was featured as Gloria Gaines in the 2013 film, The Butler. The Butler also featured Forest Whitaker, who won an NAACP Image Award for Best Actor this year. He is also known for founding the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative and serving as the chairman of the International Institute for Peace.

The Image Awards are presented each year by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. According to Reuters, the awards are considered the "top entertainment honors from an African American point of view."

The 45th Annual ceremony was held in Pasadena, Calif. this year. It was broadcast live on the TV One channel.

image: Wikimedia Commons

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