To mark the birth anniversary of the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, Nelson Mandela, the whole world celebrates International Nelson Mandela Day on July 18 every year.
Nelson Mandela is considered by many to be the father of South Africa. Mandela was an anti-Apartheid activist, which means that he fought for those who were disadvantaged by the system of racial segregation. Mandela became a civil rights leader, leading many against the Apartheid government.
History of International Nelson Mandela Day:
In 2009, President Jacob Zuma first introduced the concept of Mandela Day to motivate a nationwide campaign to get the public involved in charitable activities. In November 2009, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) paid tribute to Dr Nelson Mandela by adopting a resolution to make the international community aware of his humanitarian work.
From 2010, 18 July was declared by the UNGA as International Nelson Mandela Day. Nelson Mandela Day not only celebrates Nelson Mandela’s life, but it is also a global call to action for people to recognize their ability to have a positive effect on others around them.
Inspiring quotes by the Father of South Africa Nelson Mandela:
- “Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.”
- “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
- “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
- “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
- “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
- “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”