Celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day
Every year on the 18th July, the day Nelson Mandela was born individuals around the world mark Nelson Mandela International Day.
In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.
This day is being recognized to make a difference in our communities. Nelson Mandela spent 67 years of his life fighting racism and abuse of human rights in South Africa. He devoted his life to the service of humanity as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected black president in South Africa. Nelson Mandela Day is an occasion for everyone to take action and inspire change.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year’s Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty, honoring Nelson Mandela’s leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.
On the day Nelson Mandela died, the then US President Barack Obama had this to say: “He achieved more than could be expected of any man and today he’s gone home. We’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will ever share time with on this Earth. He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages.”
How to Celebrate Mandela Day
The heart of Mandela Day is service to others and the creation of a better world for everyone. Get out there and find the injustices in your neighborhood, city, or state and do everything you can to help alleviate them. Do not think that such grand gestures as those made by Mandela are necessary, it takes every small effort of everyone working together to create a world that’s fair and just for everyone. Lend a helping hand to a friend or a stranger, marched with protesters, volunteer in local organizations and work to help bring about civil liberties for everyone. Inspire change, and make everyday a celebration of Mandela Day.