The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joins the United Nations and the global community in celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day (July 18), in honor of former South African President, anti-apartheid activist, and world leader Nelson Mandela, (July 18, 1918-December 5, 2013).

In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously voted to set aside July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day to honor the lifelong work and activism of Nelson Mandela in his fight for the advancement and protection of civil and human rights for the people of South Africa and for people around the world. Nelson Mandela International Day is set aside every year on July 18 to celebrate the life of this great world leader, and to call on communities across the world to act in ways to make the world better. It is a call to action for world citizens to commit to helping to make the world more just and better for everyone. Many people around the world use this day as a day of service and volunteerism in their local communities.

AHRC encourages all members of the community to set aside July 18 not only as a day of celebration, but to also engage their local communities and neighborhoods through volunteering.

“To volunteer in any capacity to help make our communities stronger and healthier is to honor Nelson Mandela and his work as a change agent,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. Mr. Mandela’s life and legacy is a true testament to his humanity and an example that we can all change the world for the better in our own way,” added Mr. Hamad.

“One of the most difficult things is not to change society — but to change yourself.” – Nelson Mandela
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