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Global Citizen - a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty, has launched a year long campaign honoring Nelson Mandela the year he would have turned 100 years. According to the numbers presented by the organization itself: “Since 2012, nearly 16 million actions by Global Citizens have helped generate commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over $37.9 billion. These commitments are set to affect the lives of more than 2.25 billion people with interventions that range from vaccinating a child to providing one year of education.


100 years ago the first black President of South Africa was born - Nelson Mandela. He was given the name “Rolihlahla” which means “pulling the branch of a tree” or in other words “troublemaker”. He got the name “Nelson” from his teacher at school in accordance with the custom of giving all schoolchildren “Christian” names.
He spent 27 years in prison trying to overthrow the apartheid regime that was implemented by the government. It was a system that was based on racial prejudice and segregation, it existed for over 40 years in South Africa imposing the supremacy of the nation’s minority white population. The apartheid regime wasn’t the only thing in society that Nelson Mandela didn’t accept, he was a true believer in freedom in all the senses. He went to school and college, and in 1939 he left the Fort Hare University after student protests about the way it was run. Before moving to Johannesburg where he studied law, he refused to have an arranged marriage and left the city. On December 1955 Mandela was arrested and that led to a Treason Trial in 1956. He fought for equality and freedom: “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” (Speech from the Dock quote by Nelson Mandela on 20 April 1964).

Everybody can take action and contribute to ending poverty. In September 29 The Global Citizen Festival will take place in Central Park New York. The Festival brings together top artists with world leaders to make commitments towards their mission.
Everybody can take action and contribute to ending poverty. In September 29 The Global Citizen Festival will take place in Central Park New York. The Festival brings together top artists with world leaders to make commitments towards their mission.

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