Mandela Day 2022: Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated every year on 18 July. The United Nations (UN) declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela Day in 2009 to honor South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, who served as the first president from 1994 to 1999.
Mandela was the first black head of state and the first elected president in a fully democratic election in South Africa.
Mandela always believed in inspiring everyone to take the responsibility of changing the world for the better. Mandela Day is a day for all to take action and inspire change.
He was adorned with over 250 awards including the esteemed Nobel Prize and the Bharat Ratna.
In addition, Mandela devoted himself to the cause of the African people and fought against racial discrimination. He always nurtured a free society in which people live together peacefully with equal opportunities.
Nelson Mandela International Day: History
In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared 18 July as ‘Nelson Mandela International Day’ to recognize the contribution of the former President of South Africa to a culture of peace and freedom in society. He was not only the first democratically elected black president, but also a man with big dreams to change the world.
The day recognizes their fight against poverty, gender inequality, racism and the eradication of human rights. United Nations Resolution A/RES/64/13 observes Mandela’s values and his lifelong dedication to the service of humanity.
Mandela’s Motivational Quotes
1. “It is said that no one knows a nation unless someone is inside its prisons.
A nation should not be judged on the basis of how it treats its highest citizens, but by how it treats its lowest citizens.”
2. “It is easy to break and destroy.
Heroes are the ones who make and build peace.”
3. “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up”
4. “It always seems impossible until it is done.”
5. “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”
6. “Money will not create success, the freedom to create it.”
7. “Don’t judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell and got up again.”
8. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”