BEDFORD-STUYVESANT - The Bedford-Stuyvesant Business Improvement District held a reception Friday afternoon to honor Nelson Mandela and recognize everything the former South African president and activist has contributed to the world.

Mandela's daughter, Dr. Makazewe Mandela, and granddaughter, Tutwini Mandela, joined members of the Bed-Stuy community and elected officials for the reception.

The 95-year-old Mandela is an anti-apartheid activist who spent nearly three decades in prison.

After he was released, he became the first black president of South Africa.

Attendees told News 12 the work Mandela did in his country resonates with the diverse community in Brooklyn.

"At this moment of our lives, when my dad is actually very, very sick, I think we are really grateful and honored that he's still remembered globally - especially in this community," said Dr. Makazewe Mandela.

Mandela is home now after spending 86 days in intensive care this summer.