Today July 18 is Nelson Mandela Day.
It is a day set aside to honor Nelson Mandela, who was a South African President, anti-apartheid revolutionary, philanthropist, and politician.
The day is also to commemorate Mandela’s birthday.
It was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009 to celebrate the contributions of Mandela to democracy, peace, human rights, and social justice.
The day aims to inspire individuals worldwide to take action towards making a positive impact on their communities and the world at large.
Nelson Mandela Day is not just a one-day event, as it is meant to serve as a call to action, encouraging people to engage in volunteer work and participate actively in community development throughout the year.
A 67-minute active time is set for individuals on this day as the number 67, represents the number of years Nelson Mandela spent fighting for social justice.
Individuals and organizations are encouraged to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to make a difference in any way they can. This could involve volunteer work, donating to charitable causes, helping someone in need, or promoting social justice initiatives.
Today, the core values that Nelson Mandela stood for including freedom, equality, reconciliation, and democracy are celebrated.
It is also imperative to mention that he was the first Black South African President.
Written by: Elizabeth David
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