Bloomberg Names New NYC School for Mandela

NEW YORK (AP) -
The Empire State Building climbs into the evening sky lit in the colors of theSouth African flag to observe Nelson Mandela’s passing, Friday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
The Empire State Building climbs into the evening sky lit in the colors of theSouth African flag to observe Nelson Mandela’s passing, Friday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that a Brooklyn school opening next year will be named after South African leader Nelson Mandela.

The Boys and Girls High School building in Bedford-Stuyvesant will be named The Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice. Mandela, one of the world’s most beloved figures, died Thursday. He visited the school during a visit to New York in 1990, months after he was released from his 27-year prison term for political offenses in apartheid South Africa.