Tuesday marks 24 years since Nelson Mandela was released from Robben Island, the prison where he spent most of a 27-year sentence for his role in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement. Howard University will commemorate the anniversary of Mandela's release with a 7 p.m. concert headlined by South African jazz trumpeter and activist Hugh Masekela and pianist Larry Willis at Cramton Auditorium.
Masekela and Willis will be joined by singer Akua Allrich and Howard University jazz ensembles Afro Blue and the Howard University Jazztet. Tentative song selections include works by Miriam Makeba, Solomon Linda and Esperanza Spalding. The concert concludes the university's "A Mandela Day" symposium, which includes panel discussions, lectures and an ongoing exhibition about the late South African leader from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the university's Founders Library.
The public can register for the symposium at the library (500 Howard Pl. NW) or online. The concert is free and open to the public.
Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. NW. 7 p.m.