McClinton meets with Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at Drexel University on Mandela Day’s 10th Anniversary

HARRISBURG, July 19 – Rep. Joanna McClinton spoke with members of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at Drexel University on Thursday, on the 10th anniversary of Nelson Mandela International Day and what would have been the humanitarian’s 101st birthday.

“Meeting with the Fellows of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders on such an auspicious day, and sharing with them my own professional journey, was an inspiring experience,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “These young people are tomorrow’s leaders, and I’m excited to see all that they will go on to accomplish to make their communities and the world a better place.”

Mandela Day is recognized each July 18, in honor of the legacy of Mandela. The day is intended to remind those observing it of all that has been done to make the world a better place, and to consider the work that is still to be done.

McClinton, the first African-American and woman to be elected as the House Democratic Caucus chair for the 2019-20 legislative session, fielded public policy questions from the group Thursday, and presented legislative citations on behalf of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative, which empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training and networking. The fellows, between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in providing innovative and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities and countries.