Mandela Day is not a simple event, but a way to remember how much a dream can be built only with willpower, without anger or violence. After narrating the modern dreamer Christopher McCandless, we propose a reflection on the great dreamer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela.
Why Nelson Mandela International Day?
Nelson Mandela International Day, Mandela Day for social media, is celebrated on July 18. The date is emblematic: it is not the day of President Mandela’s death, but the day of his birthday. This tells us a lot: to build a dream, like that of Nelson Mandela, it’s necessary to remember the moment when he saw the light.
Who was Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela, as president of South Africa (from 1994 to 1999), was not just a politician and an activist. It was, and still is, a symbol of the fight against racism. His dream became history thanks to the defeat of apartheid. Vittoria, the latter, who awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Nelson Mandela was a symbol of courage that was still alive in the modern world.
From Simple Minds to U2, so Mandela inspired music
The modern world could not fail to welcome President Mandela between music and cinema. First of all, “Mandela day” is the title of a piece of the Glittering Prize 81/92 music compilation by the Scottish band Simple Minds. Needless to say, it was precisely this piece that inspired the name for the July 18 event.
U2, on the other hand, dedicated to the President of South Africa a song entitled “Ordinary love” which is part of the soundtrack of the 2013 film “Mandela – The long road to freedom” directed by Justin Chadwick. Remaining in the field of cinema, we cannot fail to mention the famous film “Invictus” by director Clint Eastwood. In the film, Nelson Mandela was played splendidly by Morgan Freeman.
Nelson Mandela, modern dreamer of peace
For this and much more, President Mandela is an immortal symbol of peace for which it is always necessary to fight. To do this it is most essential not to stop dreaming and Nelson Mandela is still the proof. Recalling one of the most emblematic phrases of the Nobel Prize: “Peace is not a dream, but to guard it you must be able to dream”.