Its Mandela Day! What is your 67mins of service?
Its Mandela’s Birthday and that means every-one around the world is celebrating Madiba Day!
For your interest and convenience, here is a source of aggregated information about the Legend and Madiba Day:
“Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918. He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party's apartheid policies after 1948. He went on trial for treason in 1956-1961 and was acquitted in 1961. On June 12, 1964, eight of the accused, including Mandela, were sentenced to life imprisonment for plotting to overthrow the government. From 1964 to 1982, he was incarcerated at Robben Island Prison, off Cape Town; thereafter, he was at Pollsmoor Prison, nearby on the mainland.
During his years in prison, Nelson Mandela's reputation grew steadily. He was widely accepted as the most significant black leader in South Africa and became a potent symbol of resistance as the anti-apartheid movement gathered strength. He consistently refused to compromise his political position to obtain his freedom.
Nelson Mandela was released on February 11, 1990. After his release, he plunged himself wholeheartedly into his life's work, striving to attain the goals he and others had set out almost four decades earlier. “(From nobel.prize)
“For 67 years, global icon, visionary leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson “Madiba” Mandela gave his time for the greater good of his people. In 2009, the United Nations declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela Day” to give people around the world an opportunity to spend just 67 minutes taking some small actions that contribute to the upliftment of our communities.” (From citysearchblog) citysearchblog
“Nelson Mandela’s achievements came at great personal cost to himself and his family. His sacrifice not only served the people of his own nation, South Africa, but made the world a better place for all people, everywhere… He showed the way. He changed the world.”
- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
(From the UN Mandela Day website)
“MAKE THE CHANGE: BECOME A MANDELA DAY
“Change was the gift given to all South Africans by Nelson Mandela. Now it's YOUR turn. In the spirit of Madiba and his vision to spread justice and freedom for all, this is your chance to step up to the plate and become a part of a continuous global movement for good. By becoming a Mandela Day Changemaker you can show that actions speak louder than words by giving a little of your time to make a change that's close to your heart. (or by giving a little of your time to make a difference to the life of someone less fortunate.)”
(From the Mandela foundation website)
For 67 ways to change the world, visit the Mandela Foundation site, click here
For Mandela Day Activities click here
For more information on Nelson Mandela click here
For Nelson Mandela’s Birthday song click here