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Mandela Day

By Julia Tofan
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[b]Who is Nelson Mandela?[/b]
Nelson Mandela was born Rolihlahl Mandela in 1918 in the Madiba Clain of South Africa, where the apartheid created a system of racial segregation and injustice. He came to be known as Nelson during his formal education, where assigning a new name was a regular custom. At a young age, Mandela became involved in politics and advocacy, participating in protests and standing against the apartheid in the face of discrimination. In 1944, Mandela joined the African National Congress, where he helped form the youth league. The youth league helped youth protesters organize to oppose the apartheid. Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1933 for his movement against the apartheid and in 1994 he became the country's first democratically elected president and first black president. He is remembered as an activist for human rights and continues to create an impact through the organizations he founded, the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, Nelson Mandela Foundation, and the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.
[b]What is Mandela Day?[/b]
His legacy is celebrated with an annual day of action for social justice on July 18th, named Mandela Day by the United Nations. Mandela Day is honored through 4 themes: Food Security, Education and Literacy, Shelter and Infrastructure, and Service and Volunteerism.
[b]How can I participate?[/b]
On Mandela Day, everyone is asked to honor Mandela's 67 years of service and activism with 67 minutes of action. Mandela Day calls people to leave communities with a sense of empowerment and freedom through their service. Mandela lived life by 3 rules: Free yourself, free others, and serve every day, and that is the inspiration for Mandela Day.
Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." He believed in children's universal right to education. Givology shares this mission of making education accessible to all children and leaving children empowered and in charge of their futures. Our grassroots partners are helping children realize that they can help manage a [url=]poultry farm[/url], [url=]fight the effects of climate change[/url], and [url=]gain computer skills[/url] integral to internships and jobs.
[url=]Click here [/url]to learn more about Mandela Day! How will you spend your 67 minutes?

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