Wednesday, July 15, 2015
By: Tom Gitaa
The South African Honorary Consul in Minnesota in conjunction with Meet Minneapolis and the International Leadership Institute and other notable institutions, will host theÂ President Mandela International Day on July 18 at the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis from 1pm-4pm. It is a free event and open to the public. Sabathani is located at 310 38th Street in Minneapolis.
Nelson Mandela International Day is named for the late South African leader and dedicated to service in his honor.
Judge (Ret.) LaJune Lange is the Honorary Consul for South Africa in Minnesota.
In the spirit of service, 25 members of President Obamaâ€™s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, who are attending a six-week institute at the University of Minnesotaâ€™s Humphrey School of Public Affairsâ€™ Center for Integrative Leadership, will volunteer at the Books For Africa warehouse in St. Paul. Books For Africa warehouse is located at 635 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul 55104.
The 25 Young African Leaders who will perform service at the BFA warehouse are ages 25-35 and come from countries across Africa including Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote dâ€™Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
Nelson Mandela Day Activities
10:00am-12:00pm – Books For Africa warehouse, 635 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul 55104, just east of Menardâ€™s.
1:00pm-4:00pm – Official celebration at Sabathani Community Center, 310 38th Street in Minneapolis. Hosted by South African Consul in Minnesota.