President Barack Obama to deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture
April 23, 2018 6:04 PM
“Renewing the Mandela Legacy & Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World” Lecture Honors 100th Anniversary of Mandela’s Birth
The Nelson Mandela Foundation and Obama Foundation announced that President Barack Obama will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg in July. To honor the centennial of Madiba’s birth the lecture’s theme will be “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World.” The Lecture will focus on creating conditions for bridging divides, working across ideological lines, and resisting oppression and inequality.
The Lecture will take place on the 17th of July 2018, a day before Nelson Mandela International Day, and will be held at the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg. About 4,000 people are expected to attend.
For most of his life, Nelson Mandela fought for democracy and equality. His presidency was defined by his efforts to solidify the fragile democracy of South Africa, and by his lessons on the politics of ‘bridge-building’ over the politics of division.
The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture is a unique platform to drive debate on critical social issues in South Africa and around the world. Previous speakers include global thought leaders and change makers, including: Presidents Bill Clinton, Thabo Mbeki, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Mary Robinson and Michelle Bachelet; UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed; Nobel Laureates Kofi Annan, Wangari Maathai, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Mohammed Yunus; Professors Ariel Dorfman, Thomas Piketty and Ismail Serageldin; and philanthropists Bill Gates and Mo Ibrahim.
More information on media credentials will be available at a later date.
Nelson Mandela Foundation: Lunga Nene, [email protected]
Obama Foundation: Kate Berner, [email protected]