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Make Every Day a Mandela Day

July 18th celebrates Mandela Day.

"As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality exist in our world, none of us can truly rest." Nelson Mandela

South African anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918. He fought for a democratic and free society. Mandela largely advocated nonviolent action. But not to whitewash him, he did deviate from peaceful methods. In 1963 he received a life sentence for sabotage and spent 27 years in prison for an attempt to overthrow the anti-apartheid government. Some critics say his strategic use of limited violence in the early 60’s was a critical step to the eventual end of apartheid.

Nelson Mandela: statesman or terrorist?
Within a few years of his prison release in 1990, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and became South Africa’s first black president. In 2008 Nelson Mandela was removed from the U.S. Terrorist Watch List. He died in 2013, at the age of 95.

Mandela Day

In 2009, the United Nations declared July 18 as Mandela Day. The commemoration is celebrated by spending 67 minutes to helping others — one minute for each year of “Mandela’s public service.” July 18th may be past, but we can make any day a Mandela Day.

 

A Video Tribute to Nelson Mandela

About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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