Today, Monday 18th July, we join with the international community in observing Nelson Mandela International Day. The day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18th July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now” (Nelson Mandela, 2008).
Nelson Mandela International Day is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy. It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better. Its objective is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better and in so doing, to build a global movement for good.
The question we must ask ourselves is: What we are doing to make the world and our communities a better place? What are we doing to make every day a Mandela Day?
We can make a positive impact on the world through simple every-day actions: expressing gratitude to someone who has assisted us today, lending a listening ear to a friend who is going through a rough period or sharing our food with someone who is hungry.
Tell us: What will you do to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day today?
Nelson Mandela’s speeches in 2008. https://www.nelsonmandela.org/news/entry/nelson-mandelas-speeches-in-2008