JFK LIbrary: A Celebration of Nelson Mandela’s Centenary and his 1990 visit to Boston

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 2:00pm

South Africa Partners (www.sapartners.org) and the JFK Library Foundation will host an open discussion with South African activists Max and Elinor Sisulu at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s Centenary. Max Sisulu is the son of Walter Sisulu, who was a prisoner with Mandela on Robben Island. Elinor Sisulu is a writer and human rights activist. Charlayne Hunter-Gault, journalist and former foreign correspondent for NPR, PBS and CNN, will moderate.

The event will celebrate Mandela’s uniting leadership and reflect on its relevance today for the next generation of leaders who are carrying his vision forward. We will also remember Mandela’s historic visit to Boston on June 23, 1990, an event that brought Boston communities together in celebration of democracy and racial justice. On that day, Mandela visited the Madison Park High School in Roxbury, delivered a speech to hundreds of thousands on the Esplanade, and visited the JFK Presidential Library and Museum where he met with members of the Kennedy family, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

This event will be held on Sunday, June 17 from 2 to 4pm in Stephen Smith Hall at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Dorchester.

This event will be webcast live at https://youtu.be/f9W6Zrj7fb4

The event is also sponsored by The Hyams Foundation.