Beinecke Library to honor South African leader Nelson Mandela on July 18

A quotation from Nelson Mandela carved on the granite wall north of Yale's Beinecke Library.
This quote from Nelson Mandela is carved on the granite wall north of the Beinecke Library in front of Commons. (Photo by Dante Haughton, New Haven Promise intern)

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a leader in the South African liberation struggle, his nation’s first black president, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, among other accomplishments, was born on July 18, 1918.

In commemoration of the centennial of Mandela's birth, the Beinecke Library will have on view, in temporary exhibition cases on the mezzanine, three items related to Mandela from the Yale University Manuscripts & Archives and its collections from July 13-July 23. 

All are invited to a Mandela Day celebration on Wednesday, July 18, at 4 p.m. to hear songs and some recorded words of Mandela, along with cake and light refreshments.

The items on view at the library are:

  • Photograph of Mandela at his home in Soweto, December 1990, with Arthur Miller, by Inge Morath, for Magnum Photos; from the Inge Morath Photographs and Papers
  • Free Nelson Mandela,” poster, color offset lithograph, United Nations Centre Against Apartheid, 1981, by Rupert Garcia; from Yale University Manuscripts & Archives, Immanuel Wallerstein Collection of African Liberation Movement Posters
  • Mandela: From the Life of the South African Statesman,” a picture book by Floyd Cooper, New York: Philomel Books, 1996.

Beinecke Library exhibitions are free and open to the public daily. Visit the library’s website for hours and more information.

To read more about Mandela, his life and legacy, and Mandela Day, visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation website.


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