July 18: Mandela Day

Mandela Day (aka Nelson Mandela International Day) encourages people everywhere to do their small part to make a difference.

For much of his life, Nelson Mandela was active in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, attempting to gain equal rights for all races of people. In 1994, he was elected as president of South Africa in what is generally considered that country’s first truly democratic election.

The UN established Mandela Day for people to learn more about the life of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, to encourage people everywhere to become active in the social rights issues present in their own cultures.

   “Wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds
out of my sight!
Stop doing wrong,
learn to do right!
Seek justice,
encourage the oppressed.
Defend the cause of the fatherless,
plead the case of the widow.”

Isaiah 1:16-17

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