Commemorating Mandela Day - A Celebration of Social and Racial Justice
“As we remember our beloved Madiba‚ South Africans will take to the streets and engage in all kinds of meaningful and constructive community work... We congratulate all who will participate in various programmes‚ and urge all South Africans to make time and find something meaningful to do‚ in memory of Madiba."
That is the message from South Africa's president Jacob Zuma on this International Mandela Day, a day that celebrates an iconic hero in the history of Africa and the world.
The Nelson Mandela International Day was inaugurated on 18 July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday. This move came about after Mandela asked the next generation to take charge in leadership by addressing world's social injustices a year earlier. It is a day that honors the activist’s work, acts and vision to make the world a better place. To use one of his memorable quotes Mandela said:
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead”
Mandela was the first South African president who took a lead position in mending a nation that was deeply divided by the oppressive apartheid rule in South Africa by promising the country peace and reconciliation. He had spent 27 years in prison for his political activism. And on Mandela day, people recognize his efforts and the pivotal position he took for people to enjoy racial equality.
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On this day, people are encouraged to participate by dedicating at least 67 minutes to to performing public service which signifies the 67 years Mandela dedicated to public service. It is a day that has gained international recognition; a celebration of human rights, social and racial justice.
No matter how big or small, you can visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation's website and see you can take action for this great cause. Visit social media sites and post a message. Let Mandela's memory live on! Let social and racial justice reign!
Happy Nelson Mandela Day!!!
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