Today is Nelson Mandela International Day in honor of the revolutionary African leader Madiba
South Africans mark Nelson Mandela‘s 67 years of incarceration and fight against apartheid with 67 minutes of community service, as the world celebrates annually on July 18th for the South African leader’s birthday.
Officially known as “Mandela Day”, July 18th was celebrated by the United Nations in July 2010 as an annual day of commemoration, other groups, however, began commemorating Mandela Day on July 18, 2009.
All over the world people are celebrating the legacy of Nelson Mandela, as volunteers hand out blankets and books, distribute toys to orphanages and clean public areas in South Africa. His former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela also held a lunch for women in need at the Mandela family restaurant near their home in Soweto. His widow Graca Machel gave out food at the University of Johannesburg in remembrance of Mandela and his selfless service to his people.
Long live Madiba and may his legacy be a beacon of light to the world to illuminate hate and injustice.
As we let our own light shine we unconsiously give other people permission to do the same.”
– Madiba (Nelson Mandela)