Upcoming Events » Nelson Mandela Overlook Fundraiser Breakfast

April 28, 2015 8:00 am
April 28, 2015 10:00 am
Tsongas Center at the UMass Lowell
300 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Lowell, MA
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Bowa Tucker

You are cordially invited to the Africa America Alliance, Inc. (AAA) inaugural fundraising breakfast and the Nelson Mandela Overlook Sign Dedication on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, from 8 am to 10 am at the Tsongas Center at the UMass Lowell, in the Sage Bank Pavilion on the mezzanine level. We will dedicate the Mandela Overlook sign and share with attendees the design for a proposed permanent sculptural tribute to one of the great humanitarians of modern times.

The Nelson Mandela Overlook is a project of the Africa America Alliance in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Lowell. A sculptural tribute is planned to be installed along the Western Canal on the grounds of the Paul E. Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. Designed by a team of UMass Lowell art students, the proposed sculpture will also serve as a unifying element for the many peoples of Africa who now live in Lowell and Greater Lowell. The event on April 28 will include the unveiling of a permanent sign on the Canalway path on the Tsongas grounds marking the site as the Nelson Mandela Overlook. The sign will match others placed by the National Park Service to mark important historical sites in Lowell.

The location was selected because of President Mandela’s philosophy of using sports as a vehicle to unite people and to promote positive social change. Moreover, the Mandela memorial highlights a special connection between President Mandela and the City of Lowell by referencing a special quilt once given to his wife by then U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas and other colleagues in the Senate. This project is important for the City of Lowell because of the city’s history of tolerance and being a gateway to changing the lives of the many immigrants who settled in Lowell to seek better opportunities.

The cost of the breakfast is $25.00. We are also seeking sponsors for the development of this important project in the Greater Lowell Community. For your convenience, the details about each level of sponsorship is enclosed, and your tax deductible contribution by April 20th will enable you or your organization to be acknowledged in the inaugural event program booklet. We look forward to seeing you at the event. If you have any questions or would like to make arrangements to meet, please contact me at 978-996-9135 or bowa.tucker@yahoo.com. Please visit our website: africaamericaalliance.org .

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