TransAfrica's Tribute to Mandela

Nelson Mandela passed away on December 5, 2013, in Johannesburg, South Africa. We were all deeply saddened by the news of this loss, but we also wanted to make sure that the life of Madiba was celebrated here in the United States. The Republic of South Africa Embassy, TransAfrica, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and other organizations planned events to honor Mandela in Washington D.C. We paid homage with a vigil, memorial service, and TransAfrica's screening of the latest biographical film , "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"


We paid tribute to Mandela with a vigil held at the Republic of South Africa Embassy on December 6, where there was singing, mourning and celebrating of a life that impacted us all. 

US National Memorial

On the morning of December 11 invited guests and dignitaries gathered in DC at the National Cathedral for the US National Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela. We spent three hours that morning reflecting on the life and legacy of Mandela through sermons, speeches, songs, personal stories and poems. We gathered at a small reception following the service.

"Long Walk to Freedom" Film Event

On the evening of December 12 TransAfrica held an event in DC at Gallery Place. A screening of the new film that chronicle's Mandela's life, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" was enjoyed by over 200 TransAfrica supporters. A reception at Clyde's followed the film screening.