Mandela Centenary

WATCH: Barack Obama delivers 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, 17 July 2018

WATCH: Celebrating Mandela's Centenary at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, 17 June 2018


This year Nelson Mandela would have celebrated his 100th birthday.

South Africa Partners will honor Mandela’s legacy through various initiatives, partnerships, dialogues and events. We look forward to engaging our global network of friends and supporters in celebrating this momentous occasion.

Nelson Mandela, born on July 18th, 1918 spent his life fighting for justice and freedom as an anti-apartheid activist and politician. In 1994 he was inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected president. He was a lawyer, establishing South Africa’s first black law firm with Oliver Tambo. He was a prisoner, spending 27 years of his life in jail after being sentenced in the Rivonia Trial for conspiring to overthrow the state. He was a father, grandfather and husband. And even after his passing in 2013, he remains a source of inspiration for generations of future leaders.

Youth leaders, business leaders, and longtime activists are calling for a return to Mandela's values. Join us as we hear perspectives about leadership today from the U.S. and South Africa.


Sponsors and Partners

Upcoming Mandela Centenary events:

Mark Mandela's 100th Birthday at the Massachusetts State House!

Please join Bridgewater State University and South Africa Partners in partnership with Senator Jason Lewis and Representative Byron Rushing in honoring Nelson Mandela's Centenary and welcoming Young African Leadership Fellows to Massachusetts.

Wednesday, July 18
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Massachusetts State House, Hall of Flags



Visionary Leadership in Business

This networking event will include an engaging discussion with top business leaders who are embodying Mandela's values and are committed to seeing South Africa prosper.

Fall date and time to be announced
By invitation only

Further details to be announced