As l walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if l didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison. Nelson Mandela
Mandela was a true representation of selflessness and a blessing to human kind. His legacy lives on from generation to generation. He was a symbol of boundless unity that has no race and shares one common good, a human kind.
In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18thJuly as International Day of Nelson Mandela in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.
Acknowledging on his great efforts, every year on his birthday, UN joins a call with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others as a way of honoring his good deeds throughout the world and encouraging individuals, communities, governments and non-profit organizations to take one small step towards the larger leap of making a positive imprint.
The idea of Mandela Day was inspired by Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London's Hyde Park in 2008, when he said: "It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now." Understanding that underlying idea, it is obvious that the purpose of this day is not only about doing well; but also about building the cultures that will make a difference in the world.