17 Jun

Be the Nelson Mandela Legacy! Make Poverty History! Be the Generation!

Join ATD Volunteers at the Famine Statues to ‘Be the Legacy’ on the day the world will mark the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.

This day will be a very special one as it is the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela and the world will be marking it in a ”loud” way. It is also the Mandela Day of the year of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights #UDHR70!

Following the call of the South African Nelson Mandela Foundation and its #ActionsAgainstPoverty campaign, ATD Ireland invites you to mark the day on Custom House Quay inspired by the ‘Make Poverty History’ speech by Mandela in Trafalgar Square in 2005.

The momentum of the day from 5.30pm to 6.30pm will be a symbolic ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ from the Famine Statues to the Human Rights and Poverty Stone on Custom House Quay.

The participants will be invited to walk together the 40 meters from the Statues to the Stone while joining some songs and listening to some readings from Nelson Mandela’s book ‘A Long Walk to Freedom”. Some guest speakers will be invited to speak at the start and at the end of the march (Guests invited: the 1984 Dunnes Stores’ Strikers, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Emily Logan…). The final moment of the event will be the broadcasting of the Mandela ‘Make Poverty History’ speech.

Also on the day:

From 11pm to 7pm :
displays of ‘Make Poverty History’ quotes on Liffey railings of Custom House Quay

From 12pm to 5pm:
two free workshops will be facilitated under two temporary pop-up shelters/gazebos equipped with tables and chairs and installed on the quay close to the Human Rights and Poverty Stone :

  • – workshop A: discover the Mandela ‘Make Poverty History’ Legacy and collection of messages “From Dublin to Mandela”
  • – workshop B: ”Your Rights Are Written in Stone” workshop to raise awareness about the End Poverty Message of the location with the Famine Statues and the Human Rights and Poverty Stone.

The event is supported by a small North East Inner City grant from the Trade Union FORSA.

Regular updates about the event on Custom House Quay on the Facebook Event Page!

This event is part of the ATD Ireland 2018 #LivingTheLegacy project marking the centenary of the birth of Mandela, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, the 30th anniversary of the death of Joseph Wresinski and the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declarartion of Human Rights.