7.17.2010

67 Minutes of Change: Help celebrate the 92nd birthday of Nelson Mandela





On Sunday, July 18 the world will observe "Nelson Mandela International Day" to mark the 92nd birth anniversary of the great anti-apartheid leader.

According to a release by the Nelson Mandela foundation, Mandela Day is a day of service where individuals from around the world are encouraged to spend at least 67 minutes doing something good for their local community, in honor of the 67 years that Nelson Mandela dedicated to fighting social injustice.

People across the world are pledging to do something good within their local communities on this day.

Historically, Mandela was jailed for 27 years for fighting against apartheid rule. He was released in 1990 and then became South Africa's first Black president in 1994.

Former US President Jimmy Carter says: “Nelson Mandela has given us a wonderful opportunity – and duty – to do something positive and active on Mandela Day.”

He gave 67 years of his life – now he’s saying it’s in our hands,” says former Irish president, Mary Robinson. “It’s not about him, he says, it’s about us.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu calls on all of us to “give only 67 minutes of your time, to change the world.

Gra├ža Machel, who is the wife of Mr Mandela, says that “every action, big or small, will be a huge contribution to making our world more loving, caring and supportive.”

“We want to inspire the conviction that we all can make a difference,” says Gro Brundtland – former prime minister of Norway.

According to his foundation, on July 17 ninety-two children from two of Mandela’s childhood villages in the Transkei travelled to Johannesburg to wish him happy birthday today. The children, 67 from Mr Mandela’s birthplace of Mvezo, and 25 from the village of Qunu, where he moved to later in his childhood, met him at his Houghton home, where they got to meet him and to sing happy birthday to him. (photo below courtesy of NMF)


Let's respond to the request of Mandela and join people all around the world in making a difference in the places in which we live and work....for only 67 minutes.

Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela from Brother Jesse Blog and thank you for nearly seven decades of freedom fighting.