As the 95th Birthday of Nelson Mandela nears, global celebrations are ringing out to honor his contribution of service and sacrifice. With celebrations planned for Oakland, and San Francisco – the Bay Area’s connection to Mandela has always been a deep and passionate one.
In 2009, the United Nations officially declared July 18 ‘Mandela Day’. This global effort encourages individuals, organizations, and businesses to contribute 67 minutes of service to honor the 67 years of Mandela life spent fighting for social justice and human rights.
In 1990, Nelson Mandela made his way to the Bay Area as the final leg of his American 8-city tour. Later in 2005, the former location of the Cypress Freeway was renamed as Mandela Parkway.
Here are a few Bay Area activities: *updated 7/17/13*
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Grace Cathedral – 1100 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Join the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce and Committee for South African Solidarity (COSAS) for an evening of song, prayers and speakers, including South African Consul General Cyril Ndaba; Professor Boatamo Mosupyoe Ph.D., Head of Pan African and Ethnic Studies at California State University-Sacramento;Vukani Mawethu Choir and other musician and historical contributions. A brief reception will follow.
Sunday, July 21, 2013 | 3-5PM
Black Repertory Theater – 3201 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703
Join Congresswoman Lee, Supervisor Carson, Mayor Quan & Deputy Mayor Swanson for a Bay Area Celebrate Nelson Mandela Day. Celebration program will include the Vukani Mawethu Choir, special remarks, and presentations. Stop by for a slice of birthday cake! http://oaklandcelebratesmandela.eventbrite.com/
For global celebration resources visit www.mandeladay.com
What has Mandela’s contribution of service and sacrifice meant to you?