City Year Pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela

By Greg Tucker

City Year members with Nelson Mandela

The recent death of Nelson Mandela affected many who were touched by his inspirational life story, and his fight as a political prisoner to create a free and democratic South Africa. City Year, an AmeriCorps grantee, paid tribute to Mandela in a message from its CEO and co-founder, Michael Brown.

Noting that Mandela inspired the founding of City Year South Africa, the program’s first international site, Brown wrote:

"Education," Nelson Mandela has said, "is the greatest weapon you can use to change the world." City Year’s motto is “give a year, change the world” and we give that year in the highest-need public schools in the US, in the United Kingdom and in South Africa. Today, we re-dedicate ourselves to that work in Nelson Mandela’s memory, and continue to try to emulate his humility, commitment to social justice, and his unflagging dedication to a cause greater than self.

You can find the rest of the tribute on the City Year website.

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