CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois leaders heading to a Nelson Mandela tribute in South Africa include the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.
Jackson was in Capetown in 1990 when Mandela was released from prison after 27 years. The two men met several times after that.
Jackson says there are parallels between the struggle for civil rights in the U.S. and the dismantling of the apartheid system in South Africa. Jackson is traveling Tuesday with members of his Chicago-based Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
Schock is a Peoria Republican. He says he has great respect for Mandela and the sacrifices he made.
Mandela's memorial services will take place Tuesday in Johannesburg. The ceremony is expected to draw numerous world leaders including President Barack Obama.
Mandela died Thursday at age 95.