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Nelson Mandela Day in New York

Celebrate Mandela Day at a star-studded concert and other events

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What is Mandela Day?

Mandela Day is a celebration of the legacy of South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela on his birthday, July 18.

Mandela Day was envisioned as a day for all of us to honor Mr. Mandela's extraordinary work and make a difference through service to our own communities.

Mandela Day 2009 in New York City

  • Mandela Day Concert at Radio City Music Hall -- A who's who list of music legends will be performing at Radio City Music Hall at the July 18th Mandela Day concert. Hear performances by Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys,Will.i.am, Gloria Gaynor, Wyclef Jean,Queen Latifah, Josh Groban, the Soweto Gospel Choir, and many others. Whoopi Goldberg will host the evening. Tickets range from $79.50 to $254.50 and all proceeds benefit 46664, Nelson Mandela’s global HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention campaign. Order tickets online or by calling 800-745-3000.


  • Volunteer for Mandela Day -- Sign up for one of the dozens of Mandela Day volunteer opportunities in New York City. Volunteers are needed to help clean up parks, pack up and deliver donated food, help coordinate educational events, and much more. Search for Mandela Day volunteer opportunities.


  • Mandela Day Installation in Grand Central Terminal -- From July 9-22, check out a free interactive Mandela Day installation in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal. The installation features six illuminated 3-D action words: act, listen, lead, unite, learn and speak. The front of each word shows key messages that reveal Nelson Mandela’s values and inspire visitors to act. The back of each word has detailed information about Nelson Mandela’s life, stories and speeches. The audio/visual experience culminates with a film highlighting key moments in Mr. Mandela’s life and showcasing his legacy.

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