Sen. Chris Coons introduced on July 18 a bipartisan Senate resolution honoring the life, accomplishments and legacy of Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birth.

“Nelson Mandela had a transformative impact on South Africa and the world through his historic contributions to promoting human rights and justice for all,” said Coons. “Madiba showed us that values such as forgiveness, respect and tolerance are not just words, but actions we can all take. I’m proud to introduce this resolution today to honor Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy, which transcends his time and place in history. On the 100th anniversary of his birth, we celebrate his leadership and commitment to fighting discrimination, poverty, and inequality. Let us rededicate ourselves to his vision for the world and work together to make it a reality,” said Coons.

The text of the resolution is available at