Mandela Day is 18 July: How Can You Serve?

Mandela Day is 18 July: How Can You Serve?

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What is Mandela Day?

Nelson Mandela, dressed in colorful shirt, smiling

Former South African President Nelson Mandela (1918–2013). (© AP Images/Denis Farrell)

Mandela Day is a call for all of us to promote social justice wherever we can.

The United Nations launched Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009 on Mandela’s birthday, July 18, in honor of his lifetime of sacrifice and devotion to end racism and apartheid in South Africa.

His contribution to the world remains an inspiration to the next generation. Near the end of his life he said, “It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all.”

On this day we recall Mandela’s lifetime of service in a collective global effort to make the world a better place.

What can I do?

Think about what inspires you, and how your passion can help others in your community.

  • Make a commitment to serve those in need. Think of what cause speaks to you and decide how you can help.
  • Spread the word about Nelson Mandela Day at your place of work, among your friends, and in your neighborhood.
  • Contact a local social service organization and volunteer your time on a regular basis.
  • Organize a community service event on July 18. Plan your event using the #YALIServes toolkit and visit yali.state.gov/serves for more information.
  • Use the hashtag #MandelaDay and #YALIServes in all your social media posts for your event.

“TAKE ACTION. INSPIRE CHANGE. MAKE EVERY DAY A MANDELA DAY.”

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