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Grandson of Nelson Mandela brings message of peace to UNF

Ndaba Mandela speaks on hope, freedom and nonviolence

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Ndaba Mandela, the grandson of former South African President Nelson Mandela, is carrying out his grandfather’s legacy, sharing messages of hope, freedom and nonviolence on a global scale. He will present “From Prisoner to President: The Mandela Legacy Lives On” at UNF’s 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon on Tuesday.

Part of Ndaba Mandela’s message will be about the lessons he has learned about leadership through his grandfather’s experiences.

“I will talk about what leadership is really all about,”Ndaba Mandela said. “The basics of leadership: being selfless, putting the community ahead of one’s self. When you talk about a man with compassion, the man had the love and respect to treat all people with the same amount of respect. “

He also spoke about one of his grandfather’s most enduring legacies. Nelson Mandela rallied support to overturn the apartheid system that divided his country for over 40 years, and he did it while preaching peace and nonviolence.

“He managed to break the cycle of violence that the apartheid legacy had put on South Africa for so many years,” Ndaba Mandela said.

Ndaba Mandela said that his focus would be on influencing children, teens and young adults in order to continue the work that his grandfather started.

“When you look at the younger generation, we have to put as much as we can into the younger generations. We need to make sure our kids do not inherit what is happening in the world. The one thing that he loved more than anything in the world was children.”