via press release:
BET NETWORKS CELEBRATES THE 95th birthday OF NELSON MANDELA
WITH THE PREMIERES OF BET NEWS SPECIAL: MANDELA – FREEDOM’S FATHER AND BET PREMIERE CINEMA: INVICTUS ON THURSDAY, JULY 18
NEW YORK, July 16, 2013 – BET Networks will celebrate the 95th birthday of the anti-apartheid revolutionary and freedom fighter Nelson Mandela on Thursday, July 18 with the premiere of the BET News Special: Mandela–Freedom’s Father at 8 PM ET/PT and the BET Premiere Cinema debut of Invictus at 9 P.M. ET/PT.
“BET NEWS SPECIAL: MANDELA – FREEDOM’S FATHER” - Premieres Thursday, July 18th at 8 PM* ET/PT.
This one-hour BET News special, "Mandela: Freedom's Father", takes viewers on a journey through the life and times of Nelson Mandela with exclusive video and heartfelt interviews with celebrities and Mandela insiders. Actors Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood, along with Mandela biographer, Richard Stengel offer personal accounts of the fight for Mandela's freedom, the struggle to build a new South Africa and the special memories of their time with this great Father of a Nation.
BET PREMIERE CINEMA: INVICTUS - Premieres Thursday, July 18th at 9 PM* ET/PT.
Starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, the film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.
For up-to-the-minute details on Nelson Mandela, please visit http://www.bet.com/mandela. Viewers can also join the celebration and conversation on Twitter by using hashtag #BETcelebratesMandela and following @BET & @BETNews.