Stars Celebrate Mandela Day – See Celebrity Tweets

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Stars Celebrate Mandela Day

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Stars Celebrate Mandela Day

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It’s Mandela Day, and many stars are celebrating the holiday that recognizes Nelson Mandela’s accomplishments and also calls on the next generation to address the world’s social injustices. See celebrity tweets below!

The UN General Assembly launched Nelson Mandela International Day on July 18, 2009 in honor of his birthday. But the day is more than just a commemoration of the life of the late South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary. Mandela Day is also a global movement to honor his legacy by continuing his work changing the world for the better.

Forest Whitaker tweeted, “When the world is besieged by violence, #Mandeladay reminds us that peace begins in our hearts and minds.” South African native Charlize Theron noted that the holiday coincides with the country’s International Aids conference, writing, “Today is #MandelaDay and it seems appropriate as we open #AIDS2016 in South Africa, that we honor his legacy on AIDS.”

Zendaya expressed, “Do something positive one act of kindness, one helpful hand could change a life.” She also posted a photo of herself visiting a children’s hospital in South Africa on Mandela Day last year. Meanwhile, Alyssa Milano quoted Mandela by writing, “‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’ #MandelaDay,” and Viola Davis also cited the same quote, adding, “Happy #MandelaDay!”

Along with a photo of Mandela, Reverend Jesse Jackson wrote, “Your suffering and sacrifice were not in vain. Your life reproduced life. Thank you.” MC Hammer simply said, “SALUTE #MandelaDay,” and Mandela’s wife, Winnie Mandela, urged everyone to “start thinking about what your gift of service is and act on it.”

Sean “Diddy” Combs posted a photo of himself meeting Mandela, and captioned it, “When I shook his hand I could feel his incredible spirit through my body!! #GodBless.” Alicia Keys said, “Love is the most powerful weapon “#HappyBirthdayMadiba.” And Paul McCartney expressed, “Remembering Nelson Mandela.” Gossip Cop will update as more stars celebrate Mandela Day.

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