Ceremony Naming Nelson and Winnie Mandela’s Corner in New York
People around the world are being urged to give 67 minutes of their time to some form of community service to celebrate the 67 years the African statesman, Nelson Mandela gave to serving his country, South Africa.
The gesture is being encouraged on his birthday, July 18th which was designated by the UN as "Nelson Mandela International Day."
This UN Radio Classic describes a ceremony which took place in New York City in 1984 which recognised Nelson and Winnie Mandela's fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Mr. Mandela, at the time, was still incarcerated in a South African jail.
The Big Apple honoured the Mandelas by posting a street sign at the corner of 42nd Street and 2nd Avenue with their names on it. New York’s Mayor Ed Koch was the master of ceremonies for the occasion which included members of the New York City Council. (Duration: 8’19″)
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