Oswego, NY – The ONE Campaign and The Weinstein Company announced today (Dec. 3) that SUNY Oswego is the winner of ONE’s Campus Challenge and one of 10 college campuses in the U.S. to host a private, pre-release screening the new film, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
ONE is an advocacy organization co-founded by Bono with than 3.5 million members worldwide engaged in the fight against extreme poverty in Africa.
Their partnership with TWC centered around the film to encourage discussions on college campuses nationwide about Mandela’s life and legacy.
Through a series of action-oriented challenges from living without power to calling members of Congress, Oswego students won ONE’s Campus Challenge and the private screening event by urging political leaders to support programs that are today saving lives and creating sustainable futures in the developing world every day.
Mandela once delivered a message of empowerment to the world’s youth, saying, “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. It is manmade and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
Matt Higginson, ONE’s senior manager for college organizing said, “We are thrilled to share Nelson Mandela’s story with this next generation of activists. Mandela’s conviction that poverty is not natural, but manmade, has inspired and mobilized these college students to take action and rally their campuses against extreme poverty. We believe these students are the great generation that Mandela spoke of. They will fight to make poverty a thing of the past.”
“This screening is incredibly special to our chapter at SUNY Oswego since we are a brand new ONE Campus Challenge chapter. In order to win this opportunity, ONE at SUNY Oswego hosted two major advocacy events to raise awareness of energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Sarah Cooper, ONE campus leader at SUNY Oswego.
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming president and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society.
Idris Elba (Prometheus) stars as Nelson Mandela, Naomie Harris (Skyfall) stars as Winnie Mandela, with Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) directing.
The film opened on November 29 in New York and Los Angeles and will open on Christmas Day nationwide.
ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of more than 3.5 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. We raise public awareness and press political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs.
ONE is not a grant-making organization and does not solicit funding from the public or receive government funding. ONE is funded almost entirely by a handful of philanthropists and foundations.
We achieve change through advocacy. Our teams in Washington, D.C., London, Johannesburg, Brussels, Berlin, and Paris educate and lobby governments to shape policy solutions that save and improve millions of lives. To learn more, go to ONE.org.