DETROIT (WWJ) – A tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela is scheduled to take place in Detroit. The free event is scheduled for 3 p.m. December 15 at the Music Hall for the Performing Arts.

Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 for leading a campaign of sabotage against the South African government.

Mandela was released in 1990 and later that year was celebrated with a rally at Tiger Stadium in Detroit as part of an eight-city tour through America in which he spoke out against apartheid.

In 1994, he was elected South Africa’s first black president.


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