Nelson Mandela Celebrates 20 Years of Freedom!
Matt | On 11, Feb 2010
Today marks the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from a South African prison. The day included a march and reenactment of his release on the Victor Verster prison grounds.
The 91-year-old passed onn the reenactment, but was scheduled to make a rare appearance at the state of the nation address. I like that about Nelson. He doesn’t mind you honoring him, but he lets everyone know he is OLD and doesn’t have time for your calendar! What 91-year-old WANTS to take that walk AGAIN?!
Nelly was put in the slammer in 1964 for plotting to overthrow the government by violence. He served a long 27-year sentence and was released in 1990. Upon his release, the South African government also ended the ban against the African National Congress, an anti-Apartheid group. By 1991, Mandela led the African National Congress and was elected South Africa’s president from 1994-1999. He stepped down from that position in 1999. It goes to show that Nelson “can’t stop, won’t stop .. take that .. take that!!”
Since that time, he has dedicated himself to causes that urge unity and equality, chatted with Oprah a bit, and pursued normal elderly past times. In 2009, Nelson Mandela Day was formed on his 91st birthday – July 18th. Other than also being MY birthday (smile), Nelson Mandela Day is about service, giving back, and impacting change in our communities.
Congrats to Nelly and please let him get some REST today! Thanks…