Jacob Zuma

Celebrating Mandela's 95th

Celebrating Mandela's 95th

With songs, stirring words and a cake, a group of Baltimoreans joined the worldwide party to celebrate Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday, an occasion made even happier by news that the health of the hospitalized former South African president was improving.

"I was waiting for this day for a long time," said the Rev. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo, a minister public health educator from South Africa who led a celebration at Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church in Baltimore.

"I know people lost hope … but we can celebrate 95 years of Nelson Mandela's life — hallelujah!"

The event at the Upton church was part of "Mandela Day," declared by...