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Mandela Day: International Nelson Mandela Day

Who was Nelson Mandela?

Nelson Mandela was an anti-apartheid activists who advocated for freedom and equality for the South African black community. In 1963, he was imprisoned for leading the liberation movement against Apartheid. After he was released from prison, he continued to fight to abolish apartheid and address racial issues in his country. His efforts gained him the respect of his people,and in 1994, he was elected as South Africa’s president. He served as the country’s president for 5 years. Before serving as South Africa’s president in 1994, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his peace building work. 

            In 2007, Mandela formed a group called the Elders to continue his peace building efforts. The Elders is a group of global leaders who use their influence and experience to support peace building, confront major causes of human suffering and promote shared interest of humanity. 

Nelson Mandela fought for equality and peace, and is celebrated all over the world today.

International Nelson Mandela Day:

The United Nations ‘General Assembly decided that July 18 would be International Nelson Mandela Day on November 10, 2009. The first Mandela Day was celebrated in New York on July 18, 2009. The day is meant to commemorate Nelson’s activism work and peace building efforts.

How Do we celebrate Nelson Mandela day

Want to know how you can celebrate Nelson Mandela Day with others? Below are some great ideas on how to do that.

  • Tutor a Friend: Teach a friend to speak a language you know that they’re interested in learning.
  • Deliver Groceries to a neighbor: Have an elderly or a sick neighbor who can’t go to the market?  Take some time to go to the grocery store and pickup some items up for them.
  • Plant a Tree: Plant a tree  in your neighborhood to help planet Earth.
  • Clean an oil spill: Volunteer your time to help remove oil from shorelines.
  • Volunteer at an organization: Help those in need by  volunteering at an organization. You can volunteer to help prepare meals, help clean a park or read to children.
  • Cook meals for family: Show your family you care about them by preparing breakfast or dinner for them.


Nelson Mandela was the epitome of good will on Earth. The best way to honor and celebrate his legacy is to do good for others.

To learn more about Nelson Mendela click here.

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