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Mandela Day at the Massachusetts State House

July 18, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate Mandela Day and Welcome Young African Leadership (YALI) Fellows to Massachusetts


Featured Speakers: South African Consul General Mathula Nkosi, Representative Byron Rushing, Senator Jason Lewis, Senator Marc Pacheco, Governor Charlie Baker, South Africa Partners Executive Director JudyAnn Bigby, and remarks by the YALI Fellows

The program will be followed by a reception with the YALI Fellows.

RSVP: events@sapartners.org

What is Mandela Day?

Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated on July 18, Nelson Mandela’s birthday, to commemorate his commitment to social justice and his lifetime of service to others. The United Nationals General Assembly declared Mandela Day an international holiday in 2009 via an unanimous decision. The message behind Mandela Day is everyone has the ability and responsibility to change the world for the better.

About the YALI Fellowship

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. In 2017, the Fellowship provides 1,000 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home.

The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. In 2017, Fellows represent a diverse group of leaders from 48 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. Fifty-one Fellows identify as having a disability, and 50 percent of Fellows are women.





July 18, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Massachusetts State House, Hall of Flags
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133 United States
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