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Paying Tribute to Madiba on Mandela Day

To see more tributes to activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela, explore the #MandelaDay and #Madiba hashtags.

Nelson Mandela was only 33 years old when a speech he gave incited a protest in Durban and first landed him in jail. Over the next 10 years, Mandela would be arrested three more times for his work fighting South Africa’s oppressive apartheid regime until a 1962 conviction for sedition sent him to prison for the next 27 years.

“I was hoping to capture some sense of the hardships he suffered,” retired Johannesburg math lecturer Vivien Budge (@vivbudge) says of the young Mandela portrait she painted, “the anger he must have felt at the injustices he witnessed and the relentless tenacity, determination and courage with which he fought for his beliefs.”

After his release in 1990, Mandela helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa and became the country’s first black democratically elected President. Mandela, who died last December but would have been 96 today, continues to inspire South Africans and others around the world to this day.


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South Africa Commemorates Nelson Mandela’s Birthday

On July 18, South Africans and people around the world observe Mandela Day and honor the birthday of anti-apartheid activist, former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nelson Mandela. Today is Mandela’s 95th birthday.

Mandela Day was formally established by the United Nations in 2009 and asks people around the world to honor Mandela’s legacy through volunteering or performing community service. Share your own Mandela Day experience and see others’ through the #mandeladay hashtag.


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Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela!

Today, South Africa celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday, known as Mandela Day. In honor of the 67 years Mandela fought for civil rights, many South Africans gave 67 minutes of their day back to local communities. See more photos of the festivities tagged #MandelaDay and #67minutes.