In today’s society, we talk a lot about Black excellence and what that means. We sometimes use Martin Luther King Jr., Angela Davis and Malcolm X as examples of what Black excellence means. In some people’s opinion, Black excellence could relate to economic empowerment. In other people’s opinion, Black excellence could relate to education and community enrichment. One person who encompassed all of the previously mentioned traits is Nelson Mandela. During his ninety five years on Earth, Mandela went from political prisoner to the first President of South Africa while empowering millions along the way.
On December 2nd, 2018, Mandela would have turned 100 years old. While he is no longer with us, Global Citizen is working to honor his legacy with the Mandela 100 Festival. In his honor, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Pharrell, Usher and others will headline the festival stage. Meanwhile, Naomi Campbell and Tyler Perry will serve as hosts. To top it all off, Oprah Winfrey will provide the keynote address for the free festival. When asked about the opportunity to speak at the festival, Oprah said, “It is one of the great honors of my life to have spent so much time with him, and I look forward to celebrating his courageous life.” Oprah also added, “Nelson Mandela’s life story is a testament to the power of the human spirit and one man’s ability to change the world by standing up for what he believed in.”
For those interested in the festival, visit GlobalCitizen.org to find out more ways to earn a free ticket.