Nelson Mandela, circa 2000. (23379)

The Los Angeles Free South Africa Movement is organizing vigils and other gatherings to celebrate the life, legacy and values of Nelson Mandela in cooperation with the South African government and the African National Congress. Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison before being released and eventually becoming the president of South Africa, is hospitalized in critical condition.

Twenty-three years ago the Nelson Mandela Reception Committee, chaired by then-Assemblywoman Maxine Waters, welcomed Mandela, who then headed the African National Congress, to Los Angeles.

Following find the planned events:

• Friday, July 12, at 6 p.m., First AME Church (Los Angeles)

• Saturday, July 13, at 2 p.m., Leimert Park Village (Los Angeles)

• Sunday, July 14, at 11 a.m., First Church of God (Inglewood)

• Sunday, July 14, 4 p.m., Watts Labor Community Action Committee (Los Angeles)

For info: (213) 500-9939, (323) 292-3009 and (323) 292-3519.