About 1,000 students and others attended a ceremony on what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 96th birthday in order to name their athletic field after the South African civil rights leader.
On Friday, July 18, the sports field at Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant was renamed to honor the memory of the great leader, who had visited the school in 1990. Mandela passed away last year in December.
Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins spoke at the ceremony:
“We adults owe our children the opportunity to reach their potential. Each generation should be better than the one before” said Dinkins.
“You’re as good as anybody and better than most. If we help them, they will do great and wonderful things. It’ll be like a lot of little Nelson Mandelas running around!”