July 18th celebrates Mandela Day.
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.
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.
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