NYC ready to celebrate Mandela Day

July 15, 2009 3:31:38 PM PDT
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is calling for people to celebrate his birthday in the service of others. Mandela turns 91 on July 18, which his charity foundations are marking with the first annual "Mandela Day." Organizers want the world to celebrate it by doing good.

Mandela, who spent 27 years in jail for his fight against apartheid, says the "struggle for freedom and justice was a collective effort" and Mandela Day should be as well.

Mandela said Tuesday he hopes that people will "dedicate their time and effort to improve the conditions within their own communities."

The day will also be marked with events across the world, including a concert in New York.

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