While Nobel Peace Prize winner and former South African president Nelson Mandela celebrated his 93rd birthday in his home village with family at his home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape, the activist was celebrated aroudn the world. One party, sponsored by Time Magazine and Coca-Cola was attended by Morgan Freeman, who played the anti-apartheid activist in Invictus, and a slew of other celebrities including
Hoda Kodb, Ann Curry, Lester Holt and Al Roker to actors Anthony Mackie, Marisa Berenson, S. Epatha Meckerson, Ruben Santiago Hudson and Richard Belzer, Fox5′s Rosanna Scotto, Billie Jean King, Bob Jamieson, Barbara Walters, “Precious” screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, Brian Williams, and Time magazine’s editor in chief Richard Stengel
Four days earlier as the finale for the 360 concert in Philadelphia, U2 asked the audience to sing “Happy Birthday” to Mandela, using his South African name Madiba. The video was kept a surprise and released for his birthday celebrations.
Mandela–who spent 27 years in prison for his activism and 67 years dedicated to peace in South Africa and around the world–was celebrated around the world, as people rejoiced in his message of peace and humanity, many participating in his birthday wish, relayed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Morgan Freeman during an appearance on the Today Show:
We’ll ask everybody to just take 67 minutes and do something. Do something that’s going to help someone. Do something that’s going to help make the world a better place.