Beyonce, 37, sent a letter of gratitude to Nelson Mandela who died in 2013, thanking him for teaching her life lessons which she can pass down to her children. The “Halo” hitmaker also wrote on how it would be an honour for her to perform at the forthcoming Global Citizen Festival that tributes him. The event is set to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa on Dec. 2 and will air on MSNBC from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. ET.
The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 celebrates Nelson Mandela one hundred years after his birth. The singer is expected to perform alongside her husband Jay-Z while others like D’banj, Cassper Nyovest, Femi Kuti, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Ed Sheeran, Black Coffee,, Kasey Musgraves, Pharrell Williams, Sho Madjozi, Eddie Vedder,, Chris Martin and Usher will be headlining.
The charity campaign will attempt to raise $1 billion to help the world’s poorest. At least, 50 percent of the funds will be given to women and girls worldwide.
Read Beyoncé’s letter below.
Dear Madiba by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
I first met you in 2004 for the 46664 AIDS Benefit Concert in Cape Town, and the impact you have had on my life resonates with me today and every day. Your kindness and gratitude for every experience, and your ability to forgive are lessons I have learned and will pass on to my three children. My entire family holds you in high regard.
It is an honor for me to travel to South Africa this week in celebration of you and your efforts to right so many wrongs. You were a strategic warrior, a bold activist, and charismatic and well-loved leader. Your vision for dignity, for human rights, for peace and a South Africa free of racism and apartheid, allows us all to turn dreams into reality.
You made it possible for so many people like me to reject impossibilities and understand our capabilities in making lasting change in the world. The smallest efforts could change the trajectory for so many living in extreme poverty, facing injustices, the indecency of racism and fighting for their rights as humans.
As we celebrate the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, honoring your centennial year, I promise you that we have made your dreams our own.
Your work and your sacrifices were not in vain. I will cherish every moment shared in your presence and use the lessons learned from you as fuel to stir positive ideas and solutions.
South African newspaper Sowetan published the letter.