Why is Mandela Day 67 minutes?
The idea of Mandela Day was inspired by Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in Londonâ€™s Hyde Park in 2008 when he said: "It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now."
The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognizing Mandelaâ€™s "values and his dedication to the service of humanity" and acknowledging his contribution "to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world".
"Nelson Mandela has been making an imprint on the world for 67 years, beginning in 1942 when he first started to campaign for the human rights of every South African. His life has been an inspiration to the world," the foundation said.
By devoting 67 minutes of their time â€“ one minute for every year of Mandelaâ€™s public service â€“ people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.