Honoring Nelson Mandela International Day

Handwriting by Marisa Mangum

In November 2009, the United Nations declared July 18th to be Nelson Mandela International Day so that each year, we can be reminded of his amazing legacy. Mandela became actively involved in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement early in his life, joining the African National Congress party in the 1940s. Eventually he was sentenced to life imprisonment for “conspiring to overthrow the state.” Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, during which he provided an unwavering symbol for the anti-apartheid movement. He also provided a strong voice for better prisoner treatment.

Mandela was released in 1990 by then-president F.W. de Klerk. Directly after, Mandela and de Klerk began conducting negotiations to dismantle apartheid, and for this they earned the Nobel Peace Prize in December 1993. The following year, Mandela was sworn in as the first black president of South Africa. He remained a devoted champion for social justice in South Africa and internationally until he passed away in 2013.

This year is very special — it would have been Mandela’s 100th birthday. We join in celebrating Mandela’s lifelong perseverance in his advocacy for a better world. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year’s Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty. As nonprofit organization, The Little Market acknowledges the interdependence of people around the world and our responsibility to help others. We seek to empower female artisans to rise above poverty and support their families through sustainable income opportunities by connecting them with our customers. We encourage you to use this day as a reminder that there is so much you can do to create change for a better world, whether it be in your community or by supporting other communities around the world!

Sources

United Nations – Nelson Mandela International Day
History.com – Nelson Mandela
NelsonMandela.org – Nelson Mandela 100

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