African American Men 1000 – The Philadelphia Sunday Sun

ABOVE PHOTO:  Marvin “Mandela” Smith with his cousin Rosalyn Smith Rahman at his birthday party.  (Photo courtesty: Marvin Smith)


How the iconic South African civil rights leader Nelson Mandela inspired Marvin Smith to help the young Black men of his community


By Arlene Edmonds


The nonprofit African American Men 1000 is mentoring a new generation of boys thanks to the vision of its founder, Marvin “Mandela” Smith. While many may know Smith by his uncanny resemblance to former South African president, Nelson Mandela, others recognize him for his organizational abilities for bringing positive men together as well as hosting social dance parties that enable mature adults to gather for a night out.

Smith, a South Carolina native who has spent the bulk of…

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