Teleconference Tuesday, July 16 to Discuss “Mandela Day” Events

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Teleconference on “Mandela Day” Celebrations
Tuesday, July 16th at 10:30 a.m. EasternCONTACT:
Simon Barber:  +1 (202) 276-50846
Alec Saslow: +1 (202) 789-7751


Ambassador of South Africa, Congressional Black Caucus Chair and
TransAfrica to Preview Nationwide Celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 95th Birthday

Teleconference Tuesday, July 16 to Discuss “Mandela Day” Events

Washington, DC – The South African Embassy, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) and TransAfrica — the Washington-based human rights organization that helped compel the U.S. government to act against apartheid in South Africa nearly 30 years ago – will co-host a teleconference on Tuesday, July 16th facilitated by Brand South Africa to outline the nationwide events to honor and celebrate “Mandela Day.”

Coordinated by the embassy, TransAfrica and CBTU, events in Washington DC and 17 cities around the United States will celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday on Thursday, July 18 with members of the original anti-apartheid and Free South Africa Movement, special guests and performances.

WHAT:         Teleconference to discuss “Mandela Day” events

WHO:           Ebrahim Rasool, South African Ambassador to the United States
Nicole Lee, President of TransAfrica
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Chair, Congressional Black     Caucus,

                   Bill Lucy President Emeritus of CBTU

WHEN:         Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern (4:30 p.m. in Johannesburg)

CALL-IN:      785-424-1052, Toll Free: 800-894-5910
Toll Free from South Africa: 080-098-1020
Conference ID: MANDELA

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Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool is South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States of America. Before joining the Embassy, his most recent positions have included Member of Parliament in the National Assembly, Special Advisor to the State President of the Republic of South Africa and Premier (governor of the Western Cape Province).  Ambassador Rasool has a long history of involvement in the anti-apartheid struggle starting at high school and including leadership in the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the African National Congress (ANC).


Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge represents the 11th District of Ohio.  She is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, attacking predatory lending, and improving health care, small business and education. She served as Warrensville Heights’ first African American female Mayor, and, in 2012, the Congresswoman was unanimously elected by her colleagues to serve as the Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus in the 113th Congress.


Nicole Lee is a lawyer, human rights expert and, since December 2006, the first female President of TransAfrica. She has conducted human rights investigations and missions documenting violations of human rights and dignity of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Ms. Lee has testified before Congress on international policy issues affecting Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and racial minorities worldwide.  She has been featured on television and radio programs across the globe, including ABC’s 20/20, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and the PBS Newshour.


Bill Lucy is President Emeritus of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU).  Mr. Lucy is a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council and the first African American elected as president of Public Services International (PSI), the world’s largest labor federation.  Mr. Lucy worked closely with Dr. King during the strike by sanitation workers in Memphis in 1968. He was also one of the founders of the Free South Africa Movement that launched the successful anti-apartheid campaign in the U.S. in the mid-1980s. Mr. Lucy was honored with the Nelson Mandela Award for his contribution to South Africa’s freedom earlier this month.