Nelson Mandela’s Life Told Through Social Media, #MandelaStory (VIDEO)

Nelson Mandela's Life Told Through Social Media, #MandelaStory (VIDEO)
By Amanda Walgrove
  • Today marks the 94th birthday of internationally recognized peace leader, Nelson Mandela, who served as South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999 after spending 27 years in prison for his struggle against racist apartheid rule. Mandela was awared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, later becoming a high profile ambassador for South Africa, accruing 40 active years in politics.

    In 2009, the UN General Assembly declared July 18 to be “Nelson Mandela International Day.” Millions of people around the world are dedicating 67 minutes of their days to helping others in light of Mandela’s 67 years of effort bolstering human rights.

    In honor of the day, South Africa’s Prezence Digital and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory have composed a YouTube video that asks the question, “Would the father of our nation have spent 27 years in captivity if he (and others) had access to the same technology, social media platforms and tools as we do today?”

    The video charts Mandela’s life through a Facebook timeline, Twitter, foursquare, Pinterest, and Instagram. Viewers are encouraged spread the word with the #MandelaStory hashtag and visit to add their names to a limited edition print that will be sold to raise funds for charity.

    Although Mandela didn’t have access to social media during his time in power, today’s influencers can still take to networking sites to celebrate the occasion and share their favorite quotes.