Former U.S. President Bill Clinton poses with former South African President Nelson Mandela on the eve of his 94th birthday in 2012, in Qunu, South Africa. (Photo by Barbara Kinney/Clinton Foundation via Getty Images)
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On Nelson Mandela Day Tri-State residents can send cards, share social media greetings and messages

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CINCINNATI - On the eve of his 95th birthday, some reports indicate Nelson Mandela's condition has improved. At any rate, people around the world will be marking Nelson Mandela Day on Thursday with tributes.

Here in the Tri-State, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is celebrating Nelson Mandela Day with #6Words4Mandela. 

From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., well-wishers can visit the center and leave their reflections on note cards that will be displayed around the building. Later, the cards will be sent to Mandela and his family.

You also can share messages via the center's social media platforms by tagging posts with  #6Words4Mandela.

"In honor of his legacy when he became critically ill, we decided we wanted to do something to help people honor him as a freedom hero," Hastings said.

#6words4Mandela is based on the concept of sharing social messages in six words or less. According Hastings the numbers six and four also have meaning: It was in 1964 that Mandela was sent to prison on South Africa's Robbin Island.

If you go:

  • Free and open to the public
  • Where: The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati (see map)
  • For more information:

The #6Words4Mandela is an ongoing project.




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