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Local NAACP, interfaith community honor Nelson Mandela

Detroit Branch NAACP, along with interfaith community, labor, civic and student activists celebrated Mandela Day July 24 in honor of civil and human rights activist Nelson Mandela.

The event held at Fellowship Chapel was to celebrate Mandela’s 95th birthday on July 18 and commemorate his life by continuing service to justice, peace, and racial cooperation and understanding.  The event involved three aspects of celebration the South African government has emphasized:

1. Education for the community and young people in particular about Mandela and his worldwide contribution to peace and justice.

2. A service component that we all can do together as a community.

3. A grand celebration for Mandela to wish him good health and a beautiful birthday.

South African Consul General Vuyiswa Tulelo and Consul Political Director Fansie Cooper were participants in the Mandela Day Celebration in Detroit. A special call to action in response to the ongoing issue of justice for Trayvon Martin and a special appeal to our own Justice Department also took place during the celebration.

The Detroit Branch NAACP has authored a letter demanding for a federal investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin. Several clergy members and community groups have signed onto the letter, and there will be an opportunity during the celebration for others to sign onto the letter as well.

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