BERKELEY -- A memorial observance honoring former South Africa President Nelson Mandela will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus.

Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95, was the central figure in the anti-apartheid movement and Sproul Plaza in the 1980s was the scene of ongoing protests against apartheid and calls for divestment of university investments in institutions with ties to the South African government.

The memorial will include music by Kev Choice, Rico Pabon, Rasheed Shabazz and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. Speakers will include State Assembly Speaker John Pérez; UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks; Pastor Michael McBride, founder of Berkeley's Way Christian Center; and Gabby Shuman and Marcel Jones of the UC Black Student Union. The observance will conclude with a candlelight vigil.

Sproul Plaza is on the Cal campus near the intersection of Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way.



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