Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 and would be celebrating his 98th birthday today if he was still alive (he passed away in 2013). To honour his legacy and to promote community service worldwide, July 18 was declared Nelson Mandela International Day (or 'Mandela Day') by the United Nations in 2009. In recognition of one of the world's most inspiring anti-apartheid leaders and symbols of freedom and equality, here are six books to help celebrate 'Mandela Day.'
The Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela
Young Mandela: The Revolutionary Years by David James Smith
A Prisoner in the Garden by Nelson Mandela
Conversations with Myself By Nelson Mandela
Notes to the Future By Nelson Mandela
The Nelson Mandela Foundation asks people to give up 67 minutes on Mandela Day -- one minute for every year of Mandela's public service -- to take action and inspire change. The objective is to "inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better and in so doing, to build a global movement for good."
Some of the suggested activities include:
- Make a new friend. Get to know someone from a different cultural background.
- Read to someone who can’t.
- Help someone get a job. Put together and print a CV for them, or help them with their interview skills.
- Offer to take an elderly neighbour who can't drive to do their shopping/chores.
- Donate your skills!