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Community Members Honor Mandela's Birthday With a Read-A-Thon

July 18, 2013

Thursday is Nelson Mandela International Day, which is celebrated on his birthday. The former South African President turns 95.

To celebrate his day, members of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville are hosting a 12-hour read-a-thon. They are asking members of the community to come out and read something near to them dealing with human or civil rights.

"Anyone and everyone has a voice and it begins with words, revolution is about words," says Andrea Douglas, the executive director of the center. "It is an opportunity for people to be mindful and to think about the things that are important to them as it pertains to human and civil rights."

The event goes from 10am to 10pm at the Jefferson School City Center. It is also streaming live online and you can check them out at the link below.

This is the first year for the read-a-thon. If you don't know what to read, there are a few speeches from Mandela that you can choose from, but the goal is to get people thinking about human rights.

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