When the Loma Prieta earthquake caused the collapse of the freeway a group of ministers and community leaders organized to demand the rerouting and rebuilding in honor of Mandela.
Tulsee Nahtu, born in Oakland, is developing the Mandela Hotel on Mandela Parkway in her home town.
She told the Post that she is a “new generation builder that considers the community first. I salute and thank the West Oakland ministers and community leaders who fought to reroute the freeway and created opportunities for jobs and commercial development. I look forward to working with McClymonds, Ralph Bunche and the community that founded the Cypress/Mandela Training Center. ”