NELSON MANDELA INTERNATIONAL DAY – JULY 18 each year celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day to spotlight the legacy of a great statesman, a fierce advocate for equality and the founding father of peace in South Africa. Born on this day in 1918, this is the eighth annual Nelson Mandela International Day.
The Day was inspired by a call Mandela made for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices — “it is in your hands now”.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela’s fierce determination and passionate advocacy for human rights and fundamental freedoms changed the 20th century and helped shape the 21st. His vision of humanity as one; of women and men united around their essential dignity, brought together by their shared aspirations for a better world — is still the mantra of today. In times of turbulence, Nelson Mandela shows us the power of resisting oppression, of justice over inequality, of dignity over humiliation, of forgiveness over hatred.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation continues the great statesman’s legacy. Created by Mandela in 1999, the Foundation’s vision and the movement he spearheaded contributes to the making of a just society that remembers its past, listens to all voices, and pursues social justice for all.
So, as the movement says — ‘Make Every Day a Mandela Day”. The pursuit of a better world continues… — Abbe is #SOCIALLYSPARKED ! Tweet @sosparkednews and @asparks01