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Feb 02
Ndaba Mandela Speaks with D155 Students
During Ndaba Mandela’s first visit to Chicago, he spoke with freshman and sophomore D155 students enrolled in World Studies about peace and human rights. Ndaba Mandela’s parents were absent for much of his youth and he spent a great deal of time with his grandfather Nelson Mandela after he was released from prison. He shared his story and his grandfather’s story with D155 students and teachers on Wednesday, February 15.  

“We are excited to have an international speaker, such as Mr. Mandela,IMG_5584.JPG address our students and staff. We want our students to be aware of both the local and global community. The visit also gives us an opportunity to showcase to the world our amazing community,” said Dr. Johnnie Thomas, superintendent.


Ndaba spent the morning at Crystal Lake South High School meeting with International Studies teachers, a small group of student leaders, and present to a large group of World Studies students in the auditorium. He then traveled to Crystal Lake Central High School for an afternoon session with teachers, student leaders, and World Studies students.


During his presentations, Ndaba shared his lessons learned from his grandfather and how one person can make a difference. He also talked about the challenges South Africa faces today and how life compares in South Africa to life in America.


Ndaba Mandela is a global speaker and is the grandson of Nelson Mandela. He co-founded and co-chairs the Africa Rising Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting a positive image of Africa around the world and increasing growth in education, employment, and international corporate alliances for profit and partnership. He is organizing the 95th celebration of Nelson Mandela day and was instrumental in creating the International Day of Happiness at the United Nations.​

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