Nelson Mandela Day to be observed in Minnesota on July 18


The Minnesota African American Museum (MAAM) has been designated as one of the official United States locations, by South Africa’s embassy, to host in Minnesota the Nelson Mandela International Day celebration on July 18, 2013, from 8:30am to 1pm.

The day annually remembers Nelson Mandela’s achievement in working towards conflict resolution, democracy, human rights, peace, and reconciliation. Nelson Mandela who is currently hospitalized in critical condition turns 95 on July 18.

The day seeks to empower communities everywhere in a day of service.

A press release from the museum says volunteers are welcome to come and plant a tree in Mandela at museum. Children will be attending the event from the Northside gardening task force made up of Summer Step-Up youth working with/for Project Sweetie Pie, Afro Eco, and Ejam and Northside Fresh. Also youth from the southside Blaisedell YMCA will be attending the event to plant along with children in the Stevens Neighborhood.

Program speaker at 10am will be Francie Cooper, Consul Political from the South Africa Consulate Chicago. Other speakers include Minnesota Honorary Consul for South Africa, Judge LaJune Lange (ret.) and Roxanne Givens, MAAM Founder.

The mission of the relatively new Minnesota African American Museum and Cultural Center (MAAM) is to increase understanding and appreciation for the contributions made by African Americans in Minnesota. One of the museum’s exhibits includes Minnesota North Star Pioneers which chronicles the journey of African Americans to Minnesota and documents the African American contribution to the settlement and development of the Midwest.

The event is free and open to the public.

Nelson Mandela International Day
@ Minnesota African American Museum
Co -Sponsored by the South Africa Consul General in Chicago
1700 3rd Ave South, Minneapolis, MN
Thursday, July 18 2013
Time: 8:30am-1:00pm
1700 3rd Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55404

About Tom Gitaa

Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale and chair of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). As Mshale founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the DishNetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of Global Minnesota, the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa and. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.

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