Nelson Mandela's influence was felt around the world, and especially by one local professor. Gordon Jackson is a communications professor at Whitworth and was born in South Africa.
"(Mandela's death) comes as a blow to all people in South Africa as well as many around the world," Jackson said.
Professor Jackson was born into an apartheid era of South Africa. A time when the world around him was black and white and tension was at an all time high.
Then in the early 1990's Nelson Mandela was released from prison and changed the country.
"One who brought a time of reconciliation to South Africa when the country could very easily have descended into a blood bath with racial violence," Jackson said.
Jackson says Mandela was the right man at the right time, and his calm leadership could have been much different.