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African University of Sci & Tech, others mark Mandela’s birthday

In giving honour to whom honour is due, the African University of Science and Technology, AUST; Abuja in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Institution, NMI; the South African High Commission in Nigeria and the Communities Without Boundaries International, CWBI, on Wednesday, July 18, joined other progressives around the world to honour one of Africa’s greatest legend, Dr Nelson Rolihlahia Mandela as he turned 94.

The epoch-making event, which commenced at the AUST campus, with a student documentary viewing and awareness drive on the life and struggle of Dr. Mandela also took guests and stakeholders to Chika community, a suburb in Abuja and climaxed with a cocktail at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

Addressing the audience at the AUST campus during the documentary viewing session, the South African minister for transportation, Comrade Ben Martins, described Dr. Mandela as a very inspiring, astute and a great fighter of justice not only in South Africa but throughout the length and breadth of the entire world.

He narrated his ordeal with Mandela and other freedom fighters at Robbin Island, during their incarceration and fight for independence maintaining that if they had allowed the existing conditions then to weigh them down, the struggle for the independence of the sovereign state of South Africa would have been put in jeopardy.

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Martin Luther King III Continues the Dream in Celebration of 50 Years of the March on Washington!

Martin Luther King, III, the eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network (NAN), are holding on to the dream. Fifty-years-after Dr. King delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington in 1963, they have mounted the same steps at the Lincoln Memorial. Joined by a cross-sector of speakers ranging from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to the family of Trayvon Martin.

There has been an alliance of prominent advocates of labor, health, housing, education, media, and civil and human rights, the purpose of the march was not just to celebrate the historic 1963 March on Washington,but to galvanize the American people around the compelling issues of today including questions in the criminal justice system in the national spotlight, from Stop and Frisk police tactics in New York, to Stand Your Ground laws in Florida, as well as, women’s issues, immigration, workers’ rights, LGBT equality, among others. Congressman John Lewis, the only one of the six leaders of the March on Washington of 1963 that is still alive stood with Martin Luther King III, Rev. Al Sharpton and thousands of others at the historic event.

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African Diaspora Participates in March on Washington 50th Anniversary

Dr. Sylvester Okere, Executive Director of the Continental Africa Leadership Forum (pictured with Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr. III) joined a roster of speakers last Saturday (August 24th) at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. He spoke on behalf of the African immigrant community in the United States and stressed the importance of fixing America’s broken immigration system.

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Fifty years later, U.S. marchers urge fulfillment of King's 'dream

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of marchers converged on Washington on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech and to urge action on jobs, voting rights and gun violence.

"We believe in a new America. It's time to march for a new America," civil rights leader Al Sharpton told the predominantly black crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

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