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Lessons from Our Fathers: Continuing the Legacies of Nelson Mandela & Malcolm X

Presented by Central Oregon Community College
Reserved seating, doors open at 6:00PM, FREE and OPEN to the public

Currently SOLD OUT! Please read IMPORTANT WAITLIST INFO below!

LIVESTREAM OPTION AVAILABLE! Click Here to sign up for the Livestream event.


Drawing on the legacies of their iconic and beloved family members, Ndaba Mandela and Ilyasah Shabazz will share inspirational stories and empowering lessons. Today, both Mandela and Shabazz have dedicated their life’s work to continuing the call for social justice started by Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X. We will be selling Ndaba Mandela’s book and two of Ilyasah Shabazz’s books after the program and the authors will be available for signing!

For more information visit cocc.edu/seasonofnonviolence


Please contact the Tower Box Office to be put on the waitlist. (541) 317 0700, or info@towertheatre.org

When leaving a request please leave your full name, and return contact information (phone number and/or email address). There is no guarantee that everyone on the waitlist will be able to attend the event in person, so please register for the live stream as well! Those that register for the livestream will also be sent a recording of the event.

Those that are on the waitlist will be considered first, if seats become available, by order of who contacted us first. If the box office reaches out regarding an open seat, you will have 2 hours to respond during regular box office hours, before we move on to the next person on the list. Missed the call? Don't worry, your name wont be removed from the list and we will reach out again should anything else become available.

If you have not gotten a ticket by day of show, you are more than welcome to show up and wait outside. At 6:35, all seats that have'nt been claimed will be given away to those in line at the door. Again, we cannot guarantee you a seat, but we will try to seat as many people as we can.


Please arrive before start time. This program begins at 6:30 PM. We expect a long waitlist for this event.  If you have not claimed your seat by 6:35PM it will be given away to the first person in line at the door. If you are unable to claim a ticket and still wish to attend, you must show up in person and wait at the door. We cannot guarantee everyone at the door who has NOT reserved a ticket a seat, however in an attempt to fill the house at 6:35PM unclaimed seats will be given to the next person in line. We appreciate your understanding.

Once tickets sell out please contact the Tower Box Office at (541) 317 0700 or info@towertheatre.org, to be put on the waitlist. We cannot guarantee you a seat, however should anything become available before day of show, those on the waitlist will take priority. If you reserve tickets and are no longer able to attend, please contact the Tower Box Office so that we may give your tickets to those on the waitlist.

If you are on the waitlist for tickets, we recommend you also register for the livestream. Everyone registered for the livestream will receive a link to join the program the evening of the event as well as a link to the recorded program several days after the event.  

ADA statement: For wheelchair seating and/or assistive listening, please contact the Tower Theatre when reserving seats.  ​

This event is co-organized by The Nancy R Chandler Lecture Series and COCC's Office of Diversity and Inclusion ​


​About our Speakers -

Ndaba Mandela is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Africa Rising Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting a positive image of Africa around the world and increasing its potential for growth. He was recently named one of the “28 Men of Change” by Black Entertainment Television and is the author of Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from my Grandfather, Nelson Mandela.  

Ilyasah Shabazz is an award-winning author, educator and producer. She has authored five historical novels and is the Co-Chairperson of the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. 

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