Press Release for Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Ndaba Mandela Discusses ‘The Mandela Legacy Lives On’ at UNF’s MLK Scholarship Luncheon
Media Contact: Amanda
of Public Relations
Ndaba Mandela, grandson of former South African
President Nelson Mandela, will present “From Prisoner to President: The Mandela
Legacy Lives On” at the University of North Florida’s 36th Annual Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Adam W.
Herbert University Center, Building 43, Grand Banquet Hall, Room 1044. Doors
will open at 11:30 a.m.
Ndaba carries on the legacy of his grandfather
as a motivational speaker, sharing messages of hope, freedom and nonviolence on
a global scale. He’s co-founder and chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation,
an organization working to promote positive images of Africa and increase
opportunities for education, employment and international corporate alliances.
UNF Intercultural Center for PEACE Director Oupa
Seane is a personal friend of the Mandela family and coordinated this lecture. He
believes it’s vitally important for students and the greater community to hear from
a family member of one of the greatest civil rights leaders that ever lived,
about standing up for what’s right.
“Before he died, Nelson promised me he would
come to the University to speak,” Seane said. “This, in a way, is fulfilling
his wish through his grandson.”
Ndaba has been chosen by his family to carry on
the voice of his grandfather and pass on his legacy to future generations. He holds
a unique, personal perspective and invites audiences to hear intimate tales of his
story. “I saw him interact with kings and presidents and with our household
cook. He treated everyone the same. This was his key value,” he said.
The lessons from his grandfather are internalized
into practice today by Ndaba, who was named by the BET network as one of the 28
“Men of Change.” He’s founder of Out of Africa Entertainment, which helped
finance and coproduce “Madiba,” a three-part series chronicling the life of
Nelson currently airing on BET.
Tickets for the event, sponsored by the UNF
Office of the President, The Intercultural Center for PEACE and the Office of
Student and International Affairs, are $30 for individuals; $500,
supporter-level corporate tables; $1,000, silver-level corporate tables;
$2,500, gold-level corporate tables; and $5,000, platinum-corporate tables. Tickets
can be purchased through the UNF Ticket Box Office, located in English Hall,
Building 8, Room 1100, by calling (904) 620-2878 or going
For more information, contact the Intercultural
Center at (904) 620-2475 or visit the Intercultural Center for Peace
. Individuals who require reasonable accommodations in order to
participate must notify the Center at least five working days prior to the
This luncheon is an annual event to honor the
ideals of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. where an internationally acclaimed
leader is invited to speak and teach about their philosophy of nonviolence.
Past speakers include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Blair Underwood, Dr. Ben Carson
and Terry McMillan. The program also honors and provides scholarships to
students whose leadership and service reflect King’s teachings. During the
program, four student scholarships will be awarded.
The Intercultural Center for Peace at UNF
promotes student learning, development and support through purposeful
programming with different cultural groups and departments on campus. The
Center strives to bridge the cultural divide between all individuals at the
University as well as the local community to enhance multicultural sensitivity
and strengthen cultural competence.
university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers
students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to
build their own futures through a well-rounded education.