United States Congress (Washington, DC)

South Africa: The People's Memorial Tribute to Nelson Mandela - Celebrating a Life & Legacy

press release

Washington, DC — Congressman Bobby L. Rush along with the United African Organization and other international organizations will celebrate the life and legacy of South Africa's President Nelson Mandela. The ceremony will take place Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration at the Beloved Community Christian Church of God in Christ located at 6430 S. Harvard in Chicago, Illinois 60621.

The people's memorial service for President Mandela is a celebration that is representative of all communities. The celebration represents the multicultural, multiethnic, and gender inclusive legacy of President Mandela. The Federation of Indian Associations, Cambodian Association of Illinois, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Chicago Office, Thai Buddhist Temple, Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, Japanese American Service League (JASL), and the Arab-American Business & Professional Association will be attending the service.

Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, Consul General of Pakistan, Mr. Masaharu Yoshida, Consul General of Japan, Ms. Fumi Kitagawa, Vice Consul of Japan, Mrs. Miho Yoshida, wife of Consul General of Japan, Mr. Aidan Cronin, Consul General of Ireland and Honorable Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General of India will represent the diplomatic community.

The supporting community organizations participating in Sunday's service are the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago, Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago, Organization of the Liberian Community, Sierra Leone Community Association, Tanzanian Community Association of the Midwest, Ugandan Community of Greater Chicago, Zimbabwean Community Association, Congolese Community of Chicago, Ivory Coast Union of Illinois, Cameroonian Community Association, Guinean Community of Chicago, Malian Community Association, Umo Igbo Alliance, Sudanese Community Association of Illinois, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European and Latino Immigrants of Illinois, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago.

The memorial service will bring together communities across the city of Chicago to embrace and move forward with the spirit of President Mandela for generations to come.

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