Tributes & Remembrance

Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela - image credit www.youtube.com

What is Mandela Day? Get involved!

Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”.

Brian Haw

Brian Haw: memorial bench unveiled

People who donated cash towards a memorial bench for a Whitstable-born peace campaigner, Brian Haw, [were] invited to an afternoon of music and celebration of his life. On Sunday 1st June members of Brian Haw’s family, including four of his children and a granddaughter, took part in the official opening on Whitstable beach.

Celebrated author Maya Angelou dies aged 86

Maya Angelou, the American poet and author, died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Wednesday. She was 86. Her son, Guy B Johnson, confirmed the news in a statement. He said: “Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension.

Simon De Banya : Rest in Peace

Anyone who came across the activist and campaigner Simon De Banya was struck by two prominent aspects about him. Some might event say aspects that were impossible to seat side by side, but now with De Banya: First, his gentleness.

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Mandela’s farewell in ancestral home

Nelson Mandela’s state funeral is under way at his ancestral home in Qunu, ending a week of commemorations for the anti-apartheid hero. Thousands of people – including foreign dignitaries – are attending the service, which blends state ceremonial with traditional rituals.