Twenty-three years ago, on June 29, 1990, a few months following the release of Nelson Mandela after spending 27 years in South African prisons, the Nelson Mandela Reception Committee (Los Angeles), chaired by then-Assemblywoman Maxine Waters, welcomed African National Congress Deputy-President Nelson Mandela to Los Angeles by organizing a star-studded concert and rally attended by close to 90,000 Mandela supporters at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Under Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ leadership the committee has come together again to celebrate the life of Mandela, who at this writing, is hospitalized, in critical condition, in Pretoria, South Africa.
“We celebrate the Life, Legacy and Values of Nelson Mandela in cooperation with the South African government and the African National Congress at a series of events,” said a committee spokesperson
Friday, July 12 - First AME Church (Los Angeles) – 6:00 PM
Saturday, July 13- Leimert Park Village (Los Angeles) – 2:00 PM
Sunday, July 14 - First Church of God (Inglewood) – 11:00 AM
Sunday, July 14 -Watts Labor Community Action Committee (Los Angeles) – 4:00 PM
“The Los Angeles Free South Africa Movement will organize vigils, gatherings and events in the coming weeks. We invite everyone to join in these celebrations; we also encourage many celebratory events in churches and temples, parks and schools, and in communities throughout Southern California.”
Details on these and other events will be continuously updated on the Los Angeles Free South African Movement’s Face Book page at www.facebook.com/lafreesam.