Discussion at Dorset Village Library to Honor Nelson Mandela’s 100th Birthday, September 7
DORSET, VT – Join us for this humble event to reflect on South African President Nelson Mandela’s achievements and relevance to our lives “for seeing the best in people and his belief in the dignity of humankind.”1 on September 7 at 6:00 PM in the Dorset Village Library, 3331 VT Route 30, Dorset, VT. Our guest speaker will be Ambassador Isaiah Chabala, former permanent representative of Zambia to the United Nations in New York and in Geneva.
Before the official opening of the UN General Assembly, when world leaders will convene at the UN, Member States will pause to reflect on the 100th anniversary of the remarkable life of Nelson Mandela – a leader imbued with a moral force.1 Not only did his leadership triumph over apartheid and revenge, it exemplified all that was possible through forgiveness, democratization, and reconciliation so that all people, “the exalted and the wretched of the earth, can live as equals.”2
Even during his imprisonment, Mandela’s steadfastness was a catalyst for the international community to move toward coexistence. It is no wonder he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.3 The peaceful election in South Africa leading to his presidency in 1994, symbolized a truly joyous aspiration for the human spirit. In this regard, Mandela’s legacy clarified and confirmed that inter alia: discrimination is not acceptable; apartheid of any kind is unlawful; and, violence to gain objectives is unjustifiable.
This event is organized by the Dorset Village Library, Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance (YANA), and the New England, Vermont chapter of Grace Initiative Global.
2 Sampson, Anthony, Mandela, The Authorized Biography (Alfred A. Knopf, 1999) p. 239.
3 https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1993/index.html. He shared the prize with Frederik Willem de Klerk “for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa.”