Beinecke Library to honor South African leader Nelson Mandela on July 18

A quotation from Nelson Mandela carved on the granite wall north of Yale's Beinecke Library.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a leader in the South African liberation struggle, his nation’s first black president, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, among other accomplishments, was born on July 18, 1918.

In commemoration of the centennial of Mandela’s birth, the Beinecke Library will have on view, in temporary exhibition cases on the mezzanine, three items related to Mandela from the Yale University Manuscripts & Archives and its collections from July 13-July 23.

All are invited to a Mandela Day celebration on Wednesday, July 18, at 4 p.m. to hear songs and some recorded words of Mandela, along with cake and light refreshments.