Mandela Day began on July 18, 2009, on his 91st birthday. The objective of Mandela Day is to inspire every-one to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. It seeks to empower communities. The motto is: “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”
The Nelson Mandela Foundation and its sister organizations, which sponsor the holiday, recommend a few steps to take to commemorate Mandela Day.
Here are 10 ways you can celebrate the day:
1) Make a new friend. Get to know or go to lunch with someone from a different cultural background.
2) Read to someone. Visit a library or local home for the blind or elderly.
3) Help someone get a job. Review their résumé or test their interview skills.
4) Clean up your community. Paint a mural over graffiti, help fix up a run-down playground or pick up trash.
5) Host a back-to-school drive. Help kids in your community get ready for school by having the supplies or clothing they need.
6) Offer to tutor someone. Pick a subject that you’re good at and try to help someone with their learning and/or study skills in that subject.
7) Find out what matters in your neighborhood. Organize a public issues forum for you and your neighbors.
8) Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food bank. Help feed the hungry in your area.
9) Be an advocate for the disabled. Conduct a workplace or community accessibility check to identify potential barriers for individuals with disabilities.
10) Go green(er). If there are no recycling options where you live or work, petition your job or local lawmakers to provide one.