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NCCU to Host Week-Long Tribute to Nelson Mandela

NCCU's Department of Student Leadership, Training and Development will host a week-long, university-wide celebration of humanitarian and international leader Nelson Mandela beginning October 11th.

Peggy Watson-Alexander, director of student leadership, training and development, decided to develop the Mandela week program after hearing James Joseph, former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, speak passionately about his experiences of working with Mandela. “Our aim is to give faculty and students an opportunity to engage in events that will enrich their lives,” said Watson-Alexander. “We need to give students insight on issues that are going on all around the world.”

Mandela, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, is recognized for his leadership in the fight against apartheid in South Africa. During that time, he spent 27 years in prison. In 1991, just one year after his release, Mandela was elected the first black president of South Africa. In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Watson-Alexander says it’s important for students to know and understand the significance of that history.

The week’s events will include a Habitat for Humanity service project; art exhibition of Mandela’s paintings; student tributes through poetry, dance and song; and a forum on global issues featuring Ambassador Joseph.  The events are free and open to the public.

To view the schedule of events, click here.

Published: Friday, October 10, 2008
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