Former Boston Judge Margaret Burnham, now a law professor at Northeastern University, was selected by Mandela to help South Africa transition to full democratic rule and says this day honors Mandela’s activism
“All across the world, citizens of the world will be celebrating Mandela Day,” Burnham said. “It’s a day of service.”
That’s in keeping with the U.N. resolution calling on people worldwide to donate 67 minutes of time working for a favorite charity. That’s one minute for each year of Mandela’s activism, starting from his days as a political leader, his years as a human rights attorney, his decades as a political prisoner, then ultimately winning the Nobel Peace Prize and becoming the first black president of South Africa.
Burnham helped plan Mandela’s first visit to the U.S. 23 years ago.
“When he came to Boston in June 1990, he said the example that Boston has been will always be a diamond in South Africa’s struggle against apartheid,” Burnham said. “I recall him saying that Boston’s contribution was special and unique to those fighting in South Africa.”