Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson, to speak at HCCC at annual MLK Day Memorial


Ndaba Mandela, the grandson of Nelson, will speak at Hudson County Community College during their annual Martin Luther King Day Memorial next week.

Ndaba Mandela. Photo courtesy of Hudson County Community College.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The event will take place on Thursday, January 18, 2024 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and is open to all HCCC students, faculty, staff, and community members.

“Nelson Mandela inspired a generation with his tireless fight for dignity and equality for all South Africans, ultimately overcoming the unjust apartheid regime and showing the world that true change can be achieved through peaceful measures,” HCCC President Dr. Christopher Reber said in a statement.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ndaba Mandela to HCCC, where the next generation will have the opportunity to hear his inspiring message that one person can make a difference.”

Ndaba Mandela is the founder of the Mandela Institute for Humanity, an organization continuing the legacy of Nelson Mandela by inspiring and uniting people to build a fair and just world.

He is also the co-founder and chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting a positive image of Africa worldwide.

Furthermore, he is the longest-serving ambassador to UNAIDS, a United Nations organization focused on combatting the HIV/AIDS pandemic and ending discrimination towards people living with HIV and AIDS.

Ndaba was recently recognized for his efforts in these areas when Black Entertainment Television (BET) named him one of its “28 Men of Change.”

Ndaba is also the author of “Going to the Mountain: Lessons from my Grandfather, Nelson Mandela,” which tells the story of Mandela’s life through the eyes of his grandson.

Part of Ndaba’s mission is to introduce the teachings of his grandfather to the younger generation, who didn’t grow up watching Mandela fight against the injustices of and ultimately overcoming South Africa’s apartheid government.

Individuals interested in attending can register for the event here.

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