Friday, July 18, 2014

World marks Nelson Mandela Day

World marks Nelson Mandela Day: It's Nelson Mandela International Day, a day of service celebrated on July 18, Mandela's birthday.

Mandela, the former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, died at 95 on Dec. 5, 2013. This is the first time the day has been celebrated since his death. The day was unanimously approved in 2009 by the U.N. General  Assembly. It was created to honor Mandela and inspire others to carry on his efforts to "take responsibility for making the world a better  place, one small step at a time," according to a statement from the  Nelson Mandela Foundation Initiative.