National Day of Racial Healing Community Brunch

Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 9:00 AM Student Union Ballroom and Livestreamed

This event will take place the Tuesday after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and offers the opportunity for us to join in community to celebrate a continued legacy of social justice as we acknowledge the work of the past, and the needed work of the future.  

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is also pleased to welcome Ndaba Mandela, author, activist, spokesperson, and the co-founder and co-chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation as featured speaker. Ndaba Mandela is also the grandson of Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid activist and the first president of South Africa.


  • Welcome and Land Acknowledgment - Alaina Macaulay, Senior Director for Inclusion and Strategic Engagement
  • Remarks - Joye Bowman, Professor of History & Senior Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Keynote Address: A Lasting Legacy of Social Justice - Ndaba Mandela
  • Introduction to Chancellor's Transformational Leadership Award and Emerging Leader Award

Live video stream

About Ndaba Mandela

Ndaba Mandela is the grandson of Nelson Mandela and the Founder and Chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation.

Nelson Mandela's legacy lives on as Ndaba continues to keep its beacon of hope bright, fueling its fiery message that one person can make a difference. Ndaba is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting the positive image of Africa around the world. He is also the longest serving Global Ambassador to UNAIDS, which seeks to end discrimination around HIV/AIDS.

His recent book, Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from My Grandfather, Nelson Mandela, is the first-ever to tell Mandela's life through the eyes of the grandson whom he raised. Recently named one of BET's "28 Men of Change" Ndaba is showing the world, through his actions and orations, that Mandela's voice and message of freedom still rings true.