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What is Mandela Day

The Nelson Mandela Foundation and 46664 are trying to get Nelson Mandela’s birthday, July 18, officially declared Mandela Day. It’s purpose is to inspire people to volunteer in their communities, and draw attention to the fact that one person can in fact make a difference in the world. (Obviously, its also a celebration of the life and work of the man himself.)

If you stop to think about it, it is pretty incredible what the guy’s achieved. Not only did he help South Africa overthrow apartheid, but he has been an inspiration to millions.

Visit the Mandela Day site at

About Nelson Mandela (mini-bio from the Mandela Day site):

Born on July 18, 1918 in Transkei, South Africa, Nelson Mandela has devoted his life to peacefully fighting for freedom and social justice for all.

After 27 years as prisoner 46664 under the then-Apartheid government in South Africa, Mr Mandela emerged to reconcile with his oppressors and lead the country peacefully through its transition from a 46-year era of segregation.

Mr Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with then president Frederik Willem de Klerk in 1993. In 1994, Mr Mandela was elected as the first president of a democratic South Africa. Over the course of the years, he has been awarded more than 60 humanitarian awards from around the world.

Mr Mandela’s life personifies the idea that one person has the power to make a difference and leave their unique imprint on the world.

Interview with Nelson Mandela from 1961

Mandela released from prison in 1990 (BBC)

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Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2009


Peace Pilgrim (aka Mildred Lisette Norman) was a very unique woman. Starting in 1953 she continuously walked across America for 28 years (and over 25,000 miles), all with the purpose of spreading the message of… peace.

Ironically, this model woman who preached peace, love and understanding was originally from South Jersey (so obviously not the usual Housewife of New Jersey.)

She is also the author of Steps Toward Inner Peace.

Here is a very nice documentary (about 60 min) about her life and work. Enjoy!

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Posted on Thursday, July 16th, 2009

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