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Ex-Gov. Ryan to speak on Mandela at Cong. Rush’s church

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st)

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st)

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Updated: January 15, 2014 6:14AM

U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush has invited former Gov. George Ryan to address his congregation Sunday on Ryan’s visit with legendary South African leader Nelson Mandela. Minister Louis Farrakhan is also expected to address the congregation.

Ryan, who was recently released from federal prison on corruption charges, is expected to join at least 50 multiethnic organizations to honor Mandela at the Beloved Community Christian Church of God in Christ at 4 p.m. at 6430 S. Harvard Ave., where Rush is pastor.

“I have met Nelson Mandela many times,” said Rush. “We have five consul-generals attending, including Japan, India, South Africa and Pakistan.”

The one person who will not be at the event is Rush’s beloved wife, Carolyn, who has been in intensive care for months at the University of Chicago hospital.


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