Saturday would have been Nelson Mandela's 97th birthday, and the world celebrated by evoking the civil rights icon's spirit of service. After the United Nations appointed July 18 as Nelson Mandela Day, people around the world commemorated the day by offering 67 minutes of service to others — that's one minute for every year Madiba spent fighting for equality.
AOL reports that in South Africa, groups of women came together at the University of Johannesburg to knit 67 blankets for those in need while other residents spent time painting shacks with white fire retardant paint as part of their contribution.
Mandela's former wife Winnie Mandela held a lunch for elderly, needy women at the family restaurant.
On the Internet, people all over the world shared their contributions on social media, using the hashtag #Time2Serve. Morgan Freeman, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and others spread the word about Nelson Mandela Day on Twitter and Facebook.
Current U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon announced in a statement that the organization will be granting the first-ever Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize to two individuals who build on Mandela's legacy. The award will be given every five years.
"#MandelaDay will not be a holiday but a day devoted to service #Time2Serve #MakeEveryDayAMandelaDay" was posted on Mandela's own Twitter account.
It's not too late to take an hour and change to help another in honor of Madiba. Watch a recap of Mandela's illustrious legacy from last year's BET Honors, below.
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