Detroit Honors Nelson Mandela and Gives Special Call to Action for Peace and Justice

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its partners the South African Embassy, Arab American Civil Rights League, Fellowship Chapel, Greater New Mt. Moriah, Historic Little Rock Baptist Church, Liberty Temple, and Temple Beth El held the first Detroit Mandela Day Celebration in honor of civil and human rights activist Nelson Mandela.

Mandela Day was a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, and commemoration of his life by continuing service to justice, peace, and racial cooperation and understanding. South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo was among the special guests who spoke to the importance of continuing to fight against injustice not only in Detroit but through out the world.

A special Call to Action was given during the celebration to honor Mandela’s life work of advocating for peace and justice. All are asked to:

  • Volunteer 67 Minutes of Service
    Join the Detroit Branch NAACP and give 67 minutes of service on Saturday, August 3, 2013 in a citywide voter registration and education outreach campaign supporting Mandela’s 67 years of service fighting for social justice and human rights.
  • Sign on the Line
    Join the Detroit Branch NAACP as we petition the United States of America Department of Justice to seek Justice for Trayvon Martin.
  • Text JUSTICE to 62227
    Join over 1.5 million people nationwide seeking Justice for Trayvon Martin.

Please contact the Detroit Branch NAACP at 313-871-2087 if you and/or your organization would like to partner for the August 3 Day of Service or to sign the letter to the Department of Justice.

 

The Mandela Day Celebration in Detroit was multi-racial, multi-cultural and inter-faith. From left to right (back row): Roland Hwang, Vice President, American Citizens for Justice; Ron Scott, Spokesperson, Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality; Atty. Melvin Butch Hollowell, General Counsel, Detroit Branch NAACP; Minister Victor Muhammad, Muhammad Mosque #1; Abdullah Ayad, President Emeritus, Arab Student Union, University of Michigan Dearborn; Rabbi Daniel B. Syme, Temple Beth El; Rev. Edwin Rowe, Pastor, Central United Methodist Church and Rev. Jim Holley, Pastor, the Historic Little Rock Baptist Church.
From left to right (front row): Juanita Moore, President & CEO, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History; Rev. Mayowa Reynolds, Fellowship Chapel; South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo speaks to those who came out to honor the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President, Detroit Branch NAACP, South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo and Donnell R. White, Executive Director, Detroit Branch NAACP.

Mandela Day Celebration in Detroit

Attendees at the Mandela Day Celebration held at Fellowship Chapel

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