Into Freedom Statue
TransAfrica is pleased to announce the unveiling ceremony for a new statue honoring former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. We will join the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa and leaders from the anti-apartheid Free South Africa Movement in celebrating the new statue and the righteous fight it represents.
The statue is nine feet tall and depicts Nelson Mandela as he walked out of prison and into freedom in February 1990. It is a twin to a statue that stands at the place where he stepped into freedom – at the Victor Verster prison near Cape Town, South Africa.
The placement of the statue is symbolic as well: it will stand in the same place where thousands of Americans were arrested in the 1980’s while protesting and demanding the end of apartheid and Mandela’s release. TransAfrica’s Founder, Randall Robinson, and many of our leaders and closest allies were among those arrested for their actions to end apartheid in South Africa.
The statue unveiling is a wonderful moment to celebrate the life, legacy and values of Nelson Mandela and to continue in the spirit of our Mandela Day birthday event! We know that many of you will be coming to join us in DC for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference September 18 – 22, and we hope you’ll make time to come to the statue unveiling on Saturday, September 21st.
We hope you’ll join us in sharing our short Mandela Matters video and share on Twitter and Facebook why #MandelaMatters to you – and don’t forget the hashtag!