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Honor Nelson Mandela International Day

Current cosponsors include Reps. Bass, S. Bishop, Brown, Butterfield, Carson, Cisneros, Jr., Cohen, Cummings, D. Davis, S. Davis, D. Dingell, Espaillat, Gallego, Grijalva, Hastings, Higgins, Horn, E.B. Johnson, H. Johnson, Robin Kelly, Khanna,
Lawson, B. Lee, Lowenthal, S.P. Maloney, McGovern, Moore, Napolitano, Norton, Omar, Payne, Jr., Rush, Schakowsky, B. Thompson, M. Thompson, Tlaib, Waters, and Watson Coleman.

Dear Colleague:

    I invite you to join me as an original cosponsor of
a resolution recognizing Nelson Mandela International Day
The deadline for original cosponsors is 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

    This is the 10th anniversary of the annual global tribute to reflect on peace, tolerance, democracy, human rights, and reconciliation.  In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare July 18th
as Nelson Mandela International Day.  Beginning on his 92nd birthday, the global community commits to an annual day of service in honor of President Mandela’s contribution to the international movement for peace and freedom.

    A legacy and influence to generations around the world, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his opposition to South African apartheid.  Upon his release, Mr. Mandela became an international symbol for reconciliation, peace, and democracy
as he worked with his political opposition towards the abolition of the apartheid system and the establishment of universal suffrage and equal rights for all South Africans.

    Elected president four years later, Mr. Mandela committed the government of South Africa to the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist democracy.  His leadership, his example, and his legacy embodied the process of South Africa’s reintegration into the
international community as the world witnessed a truth, reconciliation, and peace process of South Africa with its people and global neighbors.  Today, more than 20 years after President Mandela’s release from prison and tenure as President of South Africa,
his wisdom, work, and legacy continues to inspire people around the world.

    I hope you will join me as a cosponsor this important resolution.  For more information, please contact Jamila Thompson in my office at or x5-3801.  As always, I appreciate your consideration.




John Lewis
Member of Congress

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