Mandela remembered with historic walk
Bermuda remembered Nelson Mandela last night on what would have been his 100th birthday.
Glenn Fubler, founder of Imagine Bermuda, said the event to mark the birthday of the South African freedom fighter and first democratically elected president of the country, was a huge success.
Mr Fubler said: “It couldn’t have been better. Everything has been very organic and very spontaneous. We have just been going with the flow.
“If you heard the music, if you felt the vibe, I think it was something that Nelson Mandela would be happy about.”
He added: “This is just a start. Throughout the summer we are going to be working on lifelong learning. We are helping to energise the community.
“Mandela was a champion of lifelong learning.”
The evening began with a history walk, led by Mr Fubler, which went through the heart of Hamilton before it reached the flagpole on Front Street.
The celebration took over Harbour Night with live music by Gene Steede, Joy T Barnum, Indigo Adamson and Working Title.
At 8.27pm, a time chosen to mark Mandela’s 27 years in prison, the event broke into the Stevie Wonder song Happy Birthday.
Mr Fubler said more events will be held, including discussions at the Bermuda College library next Thursday between 6pm and 7pm on the theme of heroism and vision.
He added an educational event will be held on July 29, the Monday before Cup Match, at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.