Detroit celebrates and honors the life of President Nelson Mandela with the official unveiling of “Nelson Mandela Drive”, formerly Atwater, on the riverfront
On Friday, July 18, 2014, Nelson Mandela International Day, people around the world seek ways to perpetuate the legacy of this great world statesman. Detroit will honor his memory with remembrances of his historic trip to Detroit in 1990 and the official unveiling of Nelson Mandela Drive (formerly Atwater).at the riverfront.
The event will begin with a tribute in the Coleman A. Young Detroit City-County building’s 13th floor auditorium at 11:00 AM. Featured invited speakers: Mayor Mike Duggan, City Council President Brenda Jones, Congressman John Conyers, Bishop P.A. Brooks, 1st Assistant Presiding Bishop, COGIC, Rory Gamble, UAW Region 1A director, Betty Brooks, Charles Wright Museum, board chairman, Rev. Wendell Anthony, Detroit NAACP president, Bill Lucy, CBTU, president emeritus, Kevin Nichols, 2014 Martin Luther King HS president, and Tuskegee Airmen.
At 11:45 AM, a one block “Walk to Freedom” procession from the CAY to the official dedication site will be accompanied by a drum line of DPS students and African drummers. The unveiling at Bates (former Ford Auditorium site) and Nelson Mandela Drive will be at noon.Pending approval includes an international flyover of jets. Free pocket mini books will be distributed to all youth participants.
This is the only Nelson Mandela Day Detroit event sanctioned by the Nelson Mandela International Foundation.