Morgan Freeman to recite Mandela speeches at tribute concert

PTI| Updated: Jan 03, 2014, 12:54 PM IST

London: Actor Morgan Freeman and former US President Bill Clinton will celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela at a tribute concert in New York next month.

The Hollywood veteran portrayed the ex-South African leader in 2009 movie `Invictus`.

The 76-year-old actor will recite speeches from Mandela`s early political career as he fought against racial segregation, and letters to his wife, Winnie, which the late icon wrote during his incarceration at Robben Island prison, to mark the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid, reported Contactmusic.

Freeman will also read the civil rights hero`s famous inaugural address following his election victory in 1994, while Clinton will also be on hand to honour Mandela`s legacy.

The special event at the St Paul the Apostle Cathedral on February 13 will feature a performance by the Soweto Gospel Choir.

Mandela died on December 5 last year, aged 95.