ONE is very excited to partner with The Weinstein Company on the release of their new film about Nelson Mandela, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” – and we are especially excited to help bring this film to the next generation of poverty-fighting activists.
Sometimes I think my generation forgets that Nelson Mandela is a bona fide (pardon the parlance) badass. We grew up admiring Nelson Mandela, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and Nelson Mandela, the first black President of South Africa—but we’ve probably been less exposed to Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary.
Watch the trailer for “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” now:
ONE members – especially our students from the ONE Campus Challenge – are going to help get the word out about this film and Nelson Mandela’s heroism in a big way.
For one, we’re going to award the top 10 ONE Campus Chapters at the end of Challenge 2 with a special screening of “Long Walk To Freedom” before it hits movie theaters nationwide. We will let you know which schools come out on top and where those screenings are taking place so you can come, too.
Secondly, we’ll be asking YOU to help us make a special thank you gift that two top ONE Campus student leaders will present to representatives of the film at the official New York City premiere of “Long Walk to Freedom.” Keep an eye on ONE’s Facebook page to see how you can get involved in the process.
Nelson Mandela spoke eloquently about the parallels between the fight against apartheid and the fight against extreme poverty. Each time I revisit his words I am reinvigorated to help carry on Mandela’s quest for justice:
“Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings…Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
We look forward to our partnership with“Long Walk to Freedom” and are glad that our student volunteers – and you – will be able to take part.
Stay tuned to ONE.org for more details.