On Friday, July 19, Andrew Mlangeni, former South African political leader imprisoned with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, will visit the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and ring The Closing Bell® to commemorate Nelson Mandela International Day. Nelson Mandela International Day, a call to action for people everywhere to take responsibility for making the world a better place one small step at a time, is observed on July 18th, Nelson Mandela’s birthday.
About Andrew Mlangeni
Born in former Prospect Township, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Andrew Mlangeni joined the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in 1951 and the ANC in 1954. He received military training outside of South Africa but was arrested in 1963. Mlangeni was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trials and spent 26 years on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela and others.
He was one of the few leaders who were transferred to Pollsmoor Prison with Mandela in the 1980s and received Honours in Political Science through University of South Africa while in prison. He was awarded the Isitwalandwe award on the occasion of the ANC’s 80th anniversary; this is the highest award the ANC can bestow on anybody. Mlangeni became a member of Parliament after the 1994 elections.
His sincerity and enthusiasm for South Africa and its peoples have made him a respected leader and loved by the international community.
What is Mandela Day?
Following the success of Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in June 2008, it was decided that there could be nothing more fitting than to celebrate Mr. Mandela’s birthday each year with a day dedicated to his life’s work and that of his charitable organizations, and to ensure his legacy continues forever.
The Mandela Day campaign message is simple: Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. All we are asking is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting your chosen charity or serving your local community.
Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals – for people everywhere – to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mr Mandela did.