July 18, 2017

A bronze statue of Nelson Mandela is unveiled as part of the celebrations for South Africa's Day of Reconciliation Dec. 16, 2013 in Pretoria. The statue honors the late first president of democratic South Africa as a symbol of national reconciliation and unity. (CNS/Thomas Mukoya, Reuters)

"When we say that the best solutions to these challenges can only be found when work with each other, it requires a commitment of each and everyone of us. Today we should all ask ourselves; what have I done to improve the surroundings in which I live?"

— Nelson Mandela, in a speech delivered in the Free State, South Africa, during Masakhane Focus Week, Oct. 14, 1998. Mandela's birthday is today, July 18.