Chicagoans will have a chance to sing, dance and pay respects to former South African President Nelson Mandela at services on Friday and Sunday.
Chicago's South African Consulate announced a Friday memorial for the anti-apartheid leader at 7 p.m. at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, 950 E. 50th St.
Organizers said the event will include music, prayer, stories of Mandela’s activism and a rendition of the late president's famed "Madiba shuffle."
"In South Africa, when we are happy, we sing. When we are sad, we sing. When we protest, we sing," said Consul-General Vuyiswa Tulelo. "This will be one of those days."
Mourners can also attend a service for Mandela hosted by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush Sunday afternoon at 4 at the Beloved Community Christian Church of God in Christ, 6430 S. Harvard Ave. A news release from the Chicago Democrat's office said the event will include music, dancing, poetry and speeches about Mandela's life and work.
Mandela, who died Thursday, was mourned by dozens of foreign leaders and thousands of South Africans at a Tuesday service in Johannesburg. He'll be buried Sunday in his home village.
The Chicago events are among countless services around the world honoring Mandela. Tulelo, South Africa's top diplomat in the Midwest, said memorials are being planned in Milwaukee, Kansas City and Minneapolis.
A condolence book for Mandela has been available for Chicagoans to sign since Friday. It will be available through Thursday at the South African Consulate, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 6th floor. On Friday, Tulelo said mourners can sign it after 10 a.m. at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
Tulelo said the notes in the book will be sent back to South Africa, where they will likely be housed at one of two museums honoring Mandela or be given to the late president's family.