Celebration of the Life of Nelson Mandela
All Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day.
This event has been cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather in the Kansas City Friday night and into Saturday morning.
A second event arranged by the Honorary Consul of South Africa and the South African community of Kansas City will continue as planned (weather permitting). That program will take place at:
Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
13th & Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri
Monday, December 16, 2013 - 6:30 p.m.
The honorary consul of South Africa and the South African community of Kansas City present a Celebration of the Life of Nelson Mandela.
The tribute to Mandela — who passed away December 5, 2013 — features the South African National Anthem sung by the Kansas City Boys Choir and the Kansas City Girls Choir as well as remarks on President Mandela from Surendra Bhana, professor emeritus of history at the University of Kansas; Lebert Shultz, honorary consul for South Africa; and other members of the South African community of Kansas City.
Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison as a result of his efforts to end the legacy of apartheid, served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.
Admission is free. A 10:30 a.m. reception precedes the event.