Forgive/Fight Initiative to honor Mandela at National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

. July 7, 2017

Program is celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 99th Birthday July 18

CINCINNATI, OH (July 7, 2017) – The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will host the FORGIVE/FIGHT initiative on Tuesday, July 18 at 2:00 p.m. on the third floor terrace by the Eternal Flame. The initiative is celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 99th birthday. Forgive/Fight statements from the Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu exhibition will be read in honor of Mandela’s sacrifice for justice and humanity.

Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu commemorates the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela through photographs by Matthew Willman. Willman revisited many of the locations that played important roles in South Africa’s route to racial equality and Mandela’s personal fight for freedom.

The FORGIVE/FIGHT initiative continues the exhibition’s commemoration. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years by the South African apartheid government for standing up against egregious human rights abuses brought onto black South Africans. Mandela was released from prison on February 11, 1990 and went on to lead the way for the abolition of apartheid in 1994 and become South Africa’s first black president later that same year.

“We’re honored to celebrate the life of a man who dedicated his life to equality, justice and freedom”, says Christopher Miller, Manager of Program Initiatives at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “As part of our mission in revealing stories of freedom’s heroes, this initiative allows us to share what our guests are taking away from the story of Mandela.”

The initiative is free with museum admission and is part of the daily experience. For more information about exhibits and programs at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org

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