Nelson Mandela International Day was established by the United Nations in 2009 in commemoration of the birth date of the foremost African statesman and champion of human rights, justice and democracy, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Since 2010, citizens of the world have been challenged to spend the day making a difference in their communities, in the spirit of Mandela who devoted his life to public service.


Nelson Mandela is widely recognized for the 27 years he spent in prison during the Apartheid regime in South Africa, but he devoted a total of 67 years to public service as a human rights lawyer, an anti-Apartheid leader, a prisoner, an international peacemaker, first democratically-elected President of a united South Africa, education advocate, campaigner against the spread of HIV/AIDS and proponent of sustainable development in Africa. His life was a tremendous inspiration to millions across the world and his legacy remains to this day.


At Future Africa, we are committed to promoting the ideals by which Nelson Mandela lived his life. We challenge all citizens of the world to devote at least 67 minutes on Mandela Day, July 18th, to serving their communities in as many ways possible, as Mandela would have loved. Using the form below, share with us how you plan to spend Mandela Day, and join the conversation on our social media channels using #MandelaDay and #MyAction. Share a photo of yourself making the famous Mandela fist (see sample below) and we will be publishing your Mandela Day commitments and photos on social media.


Let’s celebrate the legacy of one of Africa’s foremost statesmen by doing what he did for almost his entire life – serving our fellow human beings.


Learn more at https://www.mandeladay.com/ and http://www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/.

How will you take action on Mandela Day?