DANIA BEACH, Fla. -

The faithful gathered Thursday evening at Saint Ruth Missionary Baptist Church to remember Nelson Mandela.

Bishop Victor Curry spoke of his accomplishments in South Africa and in South Florida.

"He didn't have a sense of retaliation or vengeance toward those who mistreated him," said Bishop Curry.

Curry briefly touched on Mandela's controversial visit to Miami in 1990. The visit drew outrage from Cuban-Americans who were upset over Mandela's praise of Fidel Castro.

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"In the aftermath of all that, not contention, but disappointment that it happened," Curry said.

The snubbing of Mandela led to a 3-year tourism boycott known as the quiet riots. The boycott ended with politicians walking back some of their criticism and African American getting single-member districts in Miami.

"He was a powerful man and a forgiving man," said Mamie Gooden-Lee.

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Nelson Mandela through the years

Published On: Jul 18 2012 10:48:02 AM EDT   Updated On: Dec 05 2013 05:14:14 PM EST

Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela is dead at age 95. Look back at the life of the global icon.

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Nelson Mandela, a lawyer and anti-apartheid activist, emerged from a 27-year prison term in 1990 and within four years became president of South Africa. He went on to become one of the most recognized faces in the world and force in the human rights movement and global effort to fight AIDS.