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Grandson of Nelson Mandela to speak at RCBC Sept. 12

Ndaba Mandela

Burlington County Freeholder Linda Hughes announced today that Ndaba Mandela, the grandson of the iconic South African activist and former president Nelson Mandela, will be the featured guest speaker at Rowan College at Burlington County’s inaugural Presidential Lecture Series.

“As Freeholder liaison to Rowan College at Burlington County, and a former RCBC trustee, I am incredibly honored and proud to welcome Ndaba Mandela to Burlington County. Ndaba Mandela carries on his iconic grandfather’s legacy that one person can truly make a difference. RCBC students and Burlington County residents will have a one of a kind opportunity to see and hear his enduring message of hope and freedom,” said Freeholder Linda Hughes.

Freeholder Hughes will host this special lecture alongside RCBC Acting President Michael Cioce and Board of Trustees Chairman George Nyikita. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in the Votta Hall Auditorium on the Mount Laurel Campus. The event is free and open to students and the public.

“As part of Rowan College at Burlington County’s transformation, the Freeholders and RCBC are elevating the college’s offerings to the community and one way we are accomplishing this is through the Presidential Lecture Series. The first Presidential Lecture Series featuring Ndaba Mandela is a part of RCBC’s Celebration of Transformation events, which has been launched in conjunction with opening of the new Student Success Center,” explained Freeholder Hughes. “Ndaba Mandela has learned some of the world’s most important lessons under one of the greatest teachers and we are excited to present this inspiring program to the RCBC community.”

Mandela’s lecture at RCBC is entitled, “The Village Idiom: Empowering Youth through Education, Interconnectivity & Employment.” Mandela is keeping his grandfather’s legacy alive through speaking engagements and his organization Africa Rising Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting a positive image of Africa around the world and increasing its potential for growth in the areas of education and employment.

Mandela, who was named one of the 28 Men of Change by BET, shares the lessons he learned from his grandfather, the wisdom he imparted and the values he upheld. Through his presentations, Mandela spreads his grandfather’s inspiring message that one individual can make a difference, if they just arm themselves with the unbreakable belief that nothing is out of reach.

To RSVP and for a listing of other upcoming Celebration of Transformation events, please visit rcbc.edu/celebration.