The Nelson Mandela Day is the birthday of South Africa’s first Black President, anti-apartheid icon and Nobel prize winner, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) has dedicated his entire life to fighting for human rights. He believed that everyone owned to potential to make the world, a better place.
Nelson Mandela Day is supposed to be an occasion where everyone acts and inspires change.
The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on Nelson Mandela Day, said that inequality was a global plague even before the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the injustice of inequality has become clear to all.
Nelson Mandela touched lives wherever he went, he is fondly referred to as ‘Madiba’. In recognition of his contribution to the freedom and peace, the UN General Assembly declared July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009.
A resolution was passed which paid tribute to his dedication to conflict resolution, values, fight for racial inequalities, and human rights protection. His contribution to the struggle for democracy was acknowledged by the resolution.
Madiba is no more with us in this mortal world but his legacy continues through the work which he has done.
Born on July 18, 1918, Nelson Mandela was born to the Thembu royal family at Mvezo, Cape Province, Union of South Africa. He spent his early life in learning the traditional Thembu customs and taboos and tending to cattle. He began his studies at a local Methodist school when he was 7. Before working as a lawyer in Johannesburg, he studied at the University of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand.
The Nelson Mandela Day is marked on July 18, which is his birthday. This day is not meant to be a public holiday but a day when the values and legacy of Nelson Mandela are honored. To highlight the work, he did for 67 years, his fight for social justice, and to carry it forward Nelson Mandela Day.
This day is a global call to action to every individual in the world because each and everyone can make a difference.
This day has been marking July 18, since 2009, as the day to carry on with his work and provide inspiration to others to act.
Nelson Mandel had once 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.”