“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” Nelson Mandela
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What is Mandela Day?
It’s a global celebration of former South African president Nelson Mandela’s life and his contributions to peace and freedom.
Mandela Day is also a “Call for All” to recognize their ability to have an impact in their communities. #MandelaDay #67Minutes
When is Mandela Day?
It is celebrated each year on July 18, Nelson Mandela’s birthday.
How is Mandela Day Celebrated?
To honor Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of public service, people around the world are being asked to designate 67 minutes of their time to make a difference in the lives of others.
What will you do to answer his global call to service? #67Minutes
Here are just some ways you can make today, and every day, a #MandelaDay:
- Organize a food or clothing drive.
- Make sandwiches to give to the homeless.
- Clean up a local park.
- Arrange a visit to a nursing home.
- Help an elderly neighbor with a chore or an errand.
- Volunteer to help young children read or play a sport.
- Make cookies for the police or fire department.
- Make a donation to a local charity.
Download the Free Mandela Day Toolkit
The Mandela Day Toolkit includes a biography, timeline, questions, quiz, dialogue for a plan of action, a coloring page, posters, and quotes.
Books & Activities About Nelson Mandela and South Africa
- Grandad Mandela (Ages 6-12) Zindzi Mandela tells her curious grandchildren Zazi and Ziwelene the story of their great-grandfather Nelson Mandela.
- Nelson Mandela: From Prisoner to President (Ages 7-9) This biography documents his journey from student to revolutionary to inmate to the first black president of South Africa.
- Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Ages 7-11) Abridged from Nelson Mandela’s 1994 autobiography, this picture book focuses on his work as an activist.
- Who Was Nelson Mandela? (Ages 8-12) Another great book from the Who Was…? series.
- Living in South Africa (Ready-to-Read Level 2) Learn about the country’s history, geography, and culture.
- Visit our South Africa profile page for a detailed country map, an infographic, photographs, a video, an activity menu, and more.
- Investigate the geography and culture of South Africa with our interactive South Africa Research Project.