General Assembly resolutionA/RES/64/13 recognizes Nelson Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the upliftment of poor and underdeveloped communities. It acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.
The Africa Heritage Society will recognize the accomplishments four outstanding leaders with the “Champions of Freedom – Justice Democracy Award” on the eve of former President Nelson Mandela’s 93rd Birthday.
WCNTV’s Chairman & CEO Jay O’Conner has just been named as the Social Media Spokesperson for the Africa Heritage Society and you will be able to get updates by subscribing to the WCN Transmedia Blog above and look for my CNN I-Reports for more information about some pretty special events.
The Elders call to Action 67 Minutes of volunteerism called by the Guardian of Freedom and Peace President Nelson Mandela. The Africa Heritage Society is calling all leaders around the world and people of African Descent to prepare for the greatest series of celebrations of our accomplish. Its Heritage Time!!
Dear friends,On 18 July, my dear friend Nelson Mandela – Madiba as we call him in South Africa– will be 93 and I know you will join me in wishing him a very happy day with his family and loved ones.Every day I give thanks to God for Madiba’s courage and commitment to the cause of freedom and justice and am delighted that his birthday is officially celebrated around the world as Nelson Mandela International Day.
Madiba’s birthday wish
So what can we do to celebrate?In his wise way, Madiba asks us not to celebrate him on 18 July. His wish is that we mark the day by doing something for others so I hope you will join us – the Elders – in fulfilling that wish. Let us mark Mandela Day by celebrating our collective power to do good for others and make the world a kinder and fairer place.
As Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life in the service of others, to honour him, we ask you to give 67 minutes to make a difference in your community and become a Mandela Day change maker. As he says, it is up to us now.
“It is time for the next generations to continue our struggle against social injustice and for the rights of humanity. It is in your hands.” – Nelson Mandela
How you can make a difference
It can be hard to imagine that our individual actions really make a difference in a world that is so full of suffering, but I want to assure you that they do. As Ela Bhatt writes in her magnificent blog Peace by practice: Mandela Day 2011, what we do each day “is like ripples in water, small circles of change that grow ever wider.”
Many of you write to us asking “What can I do to help?” It can be the smallest gestures, closest to home, that matter most: helping a neighbour in need, organising a street clean up, or volunteering at a local youth group. There are plenty of ways to make a difference, not just on Mandela Day, but every day – here is a list of 67 ideas to get you started.My friends, you have no excuse!