To many, Nelson Mandela was the nonpareil example of a leader. Today, the first black South African president would have turned 100, and people all over the world are celebrating the anti-Apartheid champion. The iconic figure who always had just one wish for his birthday—for people to give back to their communities—and people are doing just that. Since 2009, Mandela’s birthday has been a UN-sanctioned, call-to-action celebration called Mandela Day. The spirit of Mandela Day was strongest in South Africa where people paid respect to the 67 years Mandela worked for equality in the nation (from 1942 to his retirement in 2009). Residents will roll up their sleeves to paint, work at retirement homes, plant gardens, and participate in many other types of community service for 67 minutes.’
You can take part in positively impacting your community in the spirit of Mandela. “The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. ‘Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day,'” the website reads.
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