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Beyoncé Pens Tribute To Nelson Mandela

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Beyoncé penned a letter as a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela earlier this week, ahead of her performance at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

On December 2, Beyoncé along with several other artists and public figures will perform at the concert to commemorate the great South African leader, freedom fighter, and humanitarian's 100th year. The charity campaign seeks to raise $1 billion in aid to help the world's poorest, with 50 percent committed to women and girls.

The event is set to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 2 and will air on MSNBC from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. ET.

"I first met you in 2004 for the 46664 AIDS Benefit Concert in Cape Town, and the impact you have had on my life resonates with me today and every day. Your kindness and gratitude for every experience, and your ability to forgive are lessons I have learned and will pass on to my three children. My entire family holds you in high regard," Beyoncé writes in the letter.

"It is an honor for me to travel to South Africa this week in celebration of you and your efforts to right so many wrongs. You were a strategic warrior, a bold activist, and charismatic and well-loved leader. Your vision for dignity, for human rights, for peace and a South Africa free of racism and apartheid, allows us all to turn dreams into reality."

"I remember taking that walk with you back to the prison on Robben Island where you spent 18 of those imprisoned 27 years. I recall your measured but focused steps in as you recounted the stories of the struggles, the sacrifices and your resilience. You smiled as you talked to a crowd of artists and their guests, including my mother, who first told my sister and me about the great Nelson Mandela. In that moment I truly understood your heart and humility."

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