Rep. Barbara Lee will be part of the official congressional delegation to Johannesburg, South Africa to attend memorial services for former President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday.
The 23-member delegation will be joined there by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; former President Bill Clinton; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura; and former President Jimmy Carter.
Lee, D-Oakland, led the 2008 effort in Congress to remove Mandela and the African National Congress from the U.S. Terrorist Watch List in time for Mandela’s 90th birthday:
She also was a member of the host committee for Mandela’s 1990 visit to Oakland, and served as an official election observer in South Africa during Mandela’s first election as president in 1994.