The world celebrates Nelson Mandela Day

The World Celebrates Nelson Mandela Day

Saturday, July 18 was filled with humanitarian efforts around the world in honor of Nelson Mandela Day — a day dedicated to honoring the former South African president's 67 years he spent tirelessly fighting for equality while in office. Saturday also commemorates what would have been his 97th birthday.

People around the world celebrated his life and legacy giving 67 minutes of their time to other people.

In South Africa, groups of women came together at the University of Johannesburg to knit 67 blankets for those in need.

Residents spent time painting shacks with white fire retardant paint as part of their contribution.

And Mandela's former wife Winnie held a lunch for elderly, needy women at the family restaurant.

People all over the world turned to social media to commemorate the day, posting artwork on Instagram...

Morgan Freeman encouraged friends on Facebook to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to someone and offered ideas.

Kofi Annan recognized the day on Twitter.

Nelson Mandela's life through photos:
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The world celebrates Nelson Mandela Day
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 1: File photo of South African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela and his then-wife Winnie at their wedding in 1957. This copy was taken from the family album the original was by Alf Khumalo. (Photo credit should read ALF KHUMALO/AFP/Getty Images)
UNDATED - FILE PHOTO In this undated file photo Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is pictured meeting with Nelson Mandela the former leader of South Africa in Gaza City. Medics announced on October 31, 2004 that Arafat's health is in a serious condition, after the illness that has persisted for two weeks, took a sudden turn for the worse. Test have so far proved inconclusive and more results are expected on Wednesday. (Photo by Palestinian Authorities via Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - 1990: Nelson Mandela seated in between Nomatyala (left), Allan Boesak (left) and the late Steve Tshwete behind Boesak at an ANC rally in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, 1990. (Photo by Gallo Images/Oryx Media Archive/Getty Images)
SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 11: Nelson Mandela's liberation in South Africa on February 11, 1990 - Nelson Mandela at Desmond Tutu's residence in Cape Town. (Photo by Pool BOUVET/DE KEERLE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
(FILES) African National Congress (ANC) President Nelson Mandela (c), together with his then-wife Winnie (l), Walter Sisulu (r), Veteran ANC secretary-general and Robben Island prisoner and Sisulu's wife Albertina (2nd-r), are seated 13 February 1990 on the platform in the middle of Soweto Soccer City stadium, during a rally attended by over 100,000 people, to celebrate Mandela's release from jail 11 February 1990. (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 13, 1990: Nelson and Winnie Mandela relax at their Orlando home after an ANC rally at Soccer City. (Photo by Gallo Images/Business Day/Robert Botha)
Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie play with their grandchild Bambata at their Soweto home 21 February 1990. After the banning of the ANC in 1960, Nelson Mandela argued for the setting up of a military wing within the ANC. On June 12, 1964, eight of the accused, including Mandela, were sentenced to life imprisonment. Nelson Mandela was released on February 11, 1990. AFP PHOTO WALTER DHLADHLA (Photo credit should read WALTER DHALDHLA/AFP/Getty Images)
South African anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela (C) is welcomed by Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe (2nd L) as he arrives in Zimbabwe, 04 March 1990, in Harare. Nelson Mandela, who was released from jail 11 February 1990, is here for a three-day visit. (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/GettyImages)
US Secy. of State Baker (R) walking w. black nationalist ldr. Nelson Mandela (C) and Mandela's wife Winnie (L) after independence of Namibia. (Photo by Allan Tannenbaum//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
GERMANY - JUNE 12: Nelson Mandela's visit in Bonn, Germany on June 12, 1990-With Willy Brandt. (Photo by Patrick PIEL/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
South African anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela (R) shakes hands with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher 04 July 1990 on the steps of No 10 Downing Street. Mandela is on a two day visit to the United Kingdom. (FILM) AFP PHOTO/GERRY PENNY (Photo credit should read GERRY PENNY/AFP/Getty Images)
South African anti-apartheid leader and member of the African National Congress (ANC) Nelson Mandela (L) waves to the media and fans 25 June 1990 after finishing his joint statement with former US President George Bush (R) on the White House South Lawn in Washington,DC. AFP PHOTO/Kevin LARKIN (Photo credit should read KEVIN LARKIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela hugs, October 1990, a young Sowetan girl as he visits the black township near Johannesburg. (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela raises fist while addressing on September 05, 1990 in Tokoza a crowd of residents from the Phola park squatter camp during his tour of townships. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years as a political prisoner in South Africa before becoming the country's first black president IN 1994. Mandela was a leading member of the African National Congress (ANC), which opposed South Africa's white minority government and its policy of racial separation, known as apartheid. AFP PHOTO TREVOR SAMSON (Photo credit should read TREVOR SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
MATANZAS, CUBA - JULY 26:Fidel Castro (R) and Nelson Mandela attend the anniversary of Moncada barracks attack on July 26, 1991 in Matanzas, Cuba. (Photo by Feliberto CARRIE/GAMMA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
South African president Nelson Mandela stands behind a podium and addresses a joint session of the United States Congress, Washington, DC, October 6, 1994. (Photo by Ron Sachs/CNP/Getty Images)
South African President Nelson Mandela visits 10 February 1995 his former cell in notorious Robben Island prison off the coast of Cape Town where he spent 19 of his 27 years in jail. (Photo credit should read GUY TILLIM/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 1996: President Nelson Mandela meets school children in St James's Park during president Mandela's state visit to Great Britain in 1996. (Photo by Tom Stoddart/Getty Images)
GERMANY - MAY 22: Nelson Rolihlahla MANDELA, president of the republic of South Africa, president of the ANC ( African National Congress ) and winner of the Nobel Peace Price, during state visit in Germany. (Photo by Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images)
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