Heritage Center Hosting Read-athon Honoring Nelson Mandela
Celebrations will take place around the world to mark Mandela's 95th birthday.
Thursday marks Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday, also known Nelson Mandela International Day. As the former South African president remains in critical condition, people around the world plan to honor him.
In Charlottesville, the Heritage Center is hosting its first "Freedom Read-athon: One Mic, One Voice." The event is 12 hours long, with anyone from the public invited to step up to the mic to talk. Sixty-seven minutes will be devoted to words by Nelson Mandela.
Throughout the day people can use their own words or the words of others, as long as they stick with the theme of freedom and human rights.
"We hope that the process of at thinking about what you read and then actually doing it brings a certain level of mindfulness, and the idea that we're participating in a global activity, a global day of service, is really important," said Andrea Douglas, the executive director of the Heritage Center.
Douglas stressed that there won't necessarily be an audience and it's not a performance, the point is just for individuals to read selected pieces and reflect on them.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:41:14 GMT
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