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Updated: 12/07/2013 08:00:04AM

Venice man hears Mandela’s call for peace

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When Venice resident Edward Robinson met Nelson Mandela (above), Robinson was mad. "He knew I was angry and would blast South Africa. He looked up and asked me not to, and I said I wouldn’t. ‘Don’t embarrass my country,’ he said to me.”

SUN PHOTO BY AUDREY BLACKWELL

Edward Robinson, of Venice, reflects on his personal impressions of Nelson Mandela the day after learning of the former South African leader's death.

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Edward Robinson, seated center, poses with student friends in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a Christmas card he is making.

By AUDREY BLACKWELL

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The news of the death of South African anti-apartheid politician Nelson Mandela on Dec. 5 struck a chord with Edward Robinson, who has lived in Venice for five months.

Robinson is a student at the University of South Florida and substitute teacher in Sarasota County School District with a background in athletics.

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