Nelson Mandela Day


As one of the greatest inspirations in world history, it is important to remember the messages and story of Nelson Mandela.

On a lifelong mission to unite his country of South Africa and promote global reconciliation, Nelson Mandela serves as a symbol of peace today. From a young age, Mandela participated in protests that advocated for equality. Moved to drive change, Mandela bravely stood for equality. “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”.

Demonstrating a passion for a better world, Mandela was arrested in 1964 and was not released until 1990. Four years later, he became South Africa’s first democratically elected President. Promising his country he would step down after one term as President, Mandela then invested his energies into his own organizations that harnessed youth empowerment. His death on the 5th of December 2013 was a great loss to the world.

A wave of empowerment, a symbol of hope, a martyr of peace, Nelson Mandela’s vision must be kindled to remind us of the lessons we have learned as a global community.

In his autobiography he wrote, “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended”.

UNESCO Center for Peace is determined not to let his long walk end.


The U.S. Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (USFUCA) and UNESCO Center for Peace (UCP) will celebrate its second annual Nelson Mandela International Day with several exciting events.

First will be the arrival of Sharon Katz and the Peace Train’s USA Peace Train at Union Station, in Washington, DC, on Thursday, July 14, 2016. For more information on the USA Peace Train use this link;

Friday, July 15th, there will be a Summit Event with the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs at Howard University.

Saturday, July 16th, from 10am to 12pm, UCP will join volunteers and the D.C. Mayor’s Office on African Affairs for a Day of Service. For more information contact the DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs.

Sunday, July 17th the star-studded concert of internationally acclaimed artists, performers and local bands will perform at the National Sylvan Hall on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Sharon Katz and The Peace Train’s ensemble of 140 youth voices from across America, will be performing from 1pm-5pm. See below for details. Please RSVP your intent to join us and for further transportation details.

On Mandela’s actual birthday, Monday, July 18th there will be various service projects to choose from in Frederick, locations around Maryland and in Washington, DC. More information coming.

Sharon Katz and the Peace Train have created a 2016 Peace Train Tour across America. It will begin in Ferguson, Missouri, travel US states and culminate at the Mandela Day concert on Sunday, July 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. For more information on how you can get on-board, support, donate to or follow the USA Peace Train, use these links; and

Please join our international community and be a part of this four day event honoring Nelson Mandela’s commitment and legacy to peace for our world. RSVP your intent to serve, volunteer or help plan this historic event. Contact Sharon Welch, Project Manager at It is never too early to support this annual event and be a part of history in the making!


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