Detroit's Mandela Day Celebration


We have gathered here today after attending the 104th National Convention of the NAACP in Orlando, Florida. The theme of our National Convention was “We Shall Not Be Moved.” While we discussed and debated national issues from Voting Rights, to Healthcare, Educational Reform and of course the recent trial of George Zimmeran and his subsequent acquittal of murder, we still passed a major resolution to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, known affectionately as Madiba by his family and friends. We in Detroit have been asked by the South African Government through its Embassy in America to join other cities in holding a Mandela Day Celebration. As you know in 1990 Nelson Mandela visited the City of Detroit on his now famous Freedom Tour. A major rally and region wide celebration was held at Tiger Stadium. The Rev. Jim Holley and I were Co-Chairs of that event and traveled to South Africa along with other ministers to make certain that Mr. Mandela put Detroit on his scheduled cities to visit. It was an electric day in the summer of 1990.

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