Nelson Mandela's life was celebrated Wednesday night at the same church he visited 23 years ago on his first trip to New York.
Riverside Church was filled with dignitaries, including former Mayor David Dinkins and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
The event was put on in conjunction with the South African Consulate.
Kingsley Mamabolo, South Africa's ambassador to the United Nations, was also present.
Many of the speakers discussed the impact that Mandela had on their lives and the world, while others shared more intimate memories.
"When Madiba was here, he sat down over there and he said, among other things, that 'I probably won't be back this way,' he said, 'because old people shouldn't fly over oceans,'" Dinkins said.
"Don't celebrate Mandela tonight if you're not willing to fight for the principles that he stood for," Sharpton said. "Don't lionize 27 years in jail and you don't even have the courage to fight for minimum wage and livable wages."
Mandela spoke again at the church during his last visit in 2005.