“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” ~ Nelson Mandela (born July 18, 1918)
Mandela is South African. He was an anti-apartheid activist, leader of the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), and was jailed in 1962. After imprisonment for 27 years, Mandela was freed from Robben Island Prison in 1990. He was elected President of South Africa and served from 1994 to 1999. He is a Nobel Peace Laureate, and an advocate for national and international reconciliation.
3rd installment of my “Did you know?” feature: Did you know that July 18th is celebrated around the world as “Nelson Mandela Day”? Celebrants are urged to spend at least 67 minutes in service to others to recognize the 67 years Mandela “gave to the struggle for social justice.” So, mark your calendar for next July 18th! [Source: Wikipedia, accessed September 14, 2010].
[Source: quotation from BrainyQuotes.com, accessed on September 13, 2010. A significant amount of the above information was already known to me. Biographical information and date verified through use of Wikipedia, accessed on September 13, 2010].