Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa and as a young man, he became an active anti-apartheid activist; and

Whereas In 1964, Mandela and nine of his fellow African National Congress leaders were arrested, charged and tried for plotting the violent overthrow of the Government of South Africa. He was imprisoned for 27 years by the South African government for his resistance to apartheid; and

Whereas While in prison, Mandela turned down multiple offers for conditional release and became a symbol of resistance against apartheid, discrimination, and injustice; and

Whereas Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990 and was elected president of the ANC in 1991 where he worked to non-violently end apartheid and received the Noble Peace Prize in 1993 with the then President of South Africa, F.W. de Klerk; and 

Whereas In 1994, Nelson Mandel was elected president of South Africa in the first post-apartheid election and worked to promote reconciliation and understanding between different racial and ethnic groups; and

Whereas We honor and recognize Nelson Mandela legacy’s and commitment to peace and equality for all,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim July 18th, 2014, to be

NELSON MANDELA DAY

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this nineteenth day of June, in the year two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts