Nelson Mandela Day celebrated in Brooklyn

Cyril Josh Barker | 5/29/2014, 3:12 p.m.

Next month, Brooklyn will commemorate the 24th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s visit to New York City in 1990. The program will be held in Columbus Park at Borough Hall Plaza (near 209 Joralemon St.) in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. The event is free and open to the public and will take place on Saturday, June 24. Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, the office of the South African consul general and noted anti-apartheid activists are expected to participate. Cultural activities are being provided by the Jazz Drummer’s Circle and South African musicians. The event is co-sponsored by Adams, the Committee to Remember Nelson Mandela and the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium. Mandela came to Brooklyn on June 21, 1990 as part of his eight-city tour of the U.S. Mandela’s first official stop was in central Brooklyn. This trip was made just months after the end of his 27-year imprisonment in South Africa. Legislative leaders Al Vann, Roger Green, the Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry and community activist Jitu Weusi were part of the national effort to dismantle apartheid.