Freedom Walk, June 20, 2015

JOIN THE SPIRIT OF MANDELA FREEDOM WALK
ON SATURDAY JUNE 20, 2015, 10:00 AM
ON UNIVERSITY AVENUE (Nelson Mandela Boulevard) TORONTO

The Spirit of Mandela Freedom Walk on June 20, 2015 will mark the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s first visit to Canada, and 25 years of inspiration to Canadians.

The Freedom Walk is inspired by Mandela’s statement to the court at his trial in 1964, which ended with the words, “I cherish the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”.

The Freedom Walk will demonstrate our collective commitment to an inclusive society,
free from discrimination in which all persons enjoy full rights to dignity, fair treatment, and equal opportunities. The goal is to encourage individuals and groups in schools, communities and workplaces to continue to work hard to eliminate discrimination wherever it exists
in order to build an inclusive society for the benefit of all.

Participants will assemble at Armoury Street, on the north side of Toronto City Hall between Chestnut Street and University Avenue at 10:00 am. There will be African drumming and Salsa music. The Freedom Walk begins at 11:00 am, and proceeds north along Nelson Mandela Boulevard (University Avenue) to Queen’s Park, south lawn. Participants are encouraged to bring signs and banners with their own statements related to the purpose of the Freedom Walk. At Queen’s Park, there will be a few speeches on stage and a Freedom Concert. The event ends by 4:00 pm.

Anyone who believes in Mandela’s vision of a harmonious society and who is committed to inclusiveness, fair and equitable treatment and equal opportunities for all. Individuals and groups including families, schools, community organizations, faith communities, service agencies, business and labour groups are invited to participate.

EVERYONE IS INVITED TO JOIN THE FREEDOM WALK.