The event, scheduled from 3..00 pm to 7:00 pm, will include two parts, both open for all to attend. From 3.00 to 4.30 pm, the "Thanksgiving for the Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela" will begin with a special gathering at La Mesa Presbyterian Church located at 7401 Copper Ave, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Beginning at 3.00pm in the church sanctuary,a short service including a flag procession, proclamations from the Governor and the Mayor, performances by local choirs and messages from the city’s civic and faith leaders will be celebrated in remembrance of and reflection on Mr. Mandela’s extraordinary life and struggle against oppression.
At 4:30pm the Village Feast begins in the church social hall where celebrants may enjoy foods from different countries, meet people from those countries and fellowship. AnnualVillage Feasts were initiated by IRRVA in 2007 to provide camaraderie for refugees and other immigrants who often face loneliness and isolation, especially around holidays. As wecommemorate Nelson Mandela, we also take the opportunity for community members to share their experiences about the strengths, contributions and challenges of displaced and needy people residing in New Mexico. This part of the tribute to Nelson Mandela will also include drumming, singing, dancing and tributes by local people, refugees and immigrants.
We ask for a minimum $10.00 donation for the village feast portion of the commemoration and will appreciate all donations which we will use to support our programs. The VillageFeast concludes at 7.00 pm.
“Nelson Mandela’s life was truly an extraordinary one which took him from being a political prisoner to being the ruler of the very country which imprisoned him".
While these events will commemorate his passing, they will also be celebrating his life, his humanity and the transforming legacy which he has left the world.
The Immigrant & Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque is an all-volunteer New Mexico Non-Profit which bridges gaps in services for refugee, immigrant and other vulnerable people, thereby empowering them as they create sustainable futures for themselves and their children, http://irrva-com.webs.com/.
We look forward to welcoming you! For more information contact Nkazi Sinandile (505) 435-5741