Cradle of Humankind to host former US ambassador Andrew Young

Posted on March 15, 2019 — Pakamani Nombila

The Cradle of Humankind is set to host veteran diplomat and former US ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young on 19 March 2019. Young, who will be visiting South Africa as part of an African tour, will be unveiling a bronze statue of US civil-rights activist Martin Luther King on the day. King was assassinated in 1968.

Former US ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young will be unveiling a bronze statue of Martin Luther King in the Cradle of Humankind.

Former US ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young will be unveiling a bronze statue of Martin Luther King in the Cradle of Humankind. (Image: Andrew Young Foundation)

The statue will be unveiled at the Long March to Freedom open-air exhibition currently taking place at Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind. It is the largest exhibition of representational bronze sculptures in the world. A number of government officials, business leaders and activists are expected to attend the event.

The brainchild of Dali Tambo, eldest son of struggle icons Oliver and Adelaide Tambo, the exhibition honours liberation heroes who fought for freedom in South Africa.

The Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation, of which Tambo is the trustee, has invited Young, through his Andrew Young Foundation, to unveil the statue. The Andrew Young Foundation’s aim is to help improve the life, health and well-being of humanity through programmes and initiatives to assist challenged communities.

Life-sized statues of Adelaide and Oliver Tambo at the open-air exhibition at Maropeng.

Life-sized statues of Adelaide and Oliver Tambo at the open-air exhibition at Maropeng. (Image: Maropeng)

The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is one of the world’s richest fossil sites, boasting many significant scientific discoveries, including the world-famous fossils known as Mrs Ples and Little Foot, which have allowed researchers to track our common ancestry as the human species.

Young, who is also the former mayor of Atlanta in the US, and his wife Carolyn will be visiting the Cradle of Humankind as a part of their Africa tour from 17 to 31 March 2019.

They are also scheduled to visit other South African places of importance to the liberation struggle, including Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s gravesite, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, after which they will travel to Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.