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Madiba “Father of A Nation 1918-2013

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“No one in my family had ever attended school. On the first day of school my teacher, Miss Mdingane, gave each of us an English name. This was the custom among Africans in those days and was undoubtedly due to the British bias of our education. That day, Miss Mdingane told me that my new name was Nelson. Why this particular name? I have no idea.”

— Mandela, 1994

Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in the village of Mvezo in Umtatu, then a part of South Africa’s Cape Province.[1] Given the forename Rolihlahla, a Xhosa term colloquially meaning “troublemaker”,[1] in later years he became known by his clan name, Madiba.[2] His patrilinealgreat-grandfather, Ngubengcuka, was ruler of the Thembu people in the Transkeian Territories of South Africa’s modern Eastern Cape province. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela born 18 July 1918 is a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movementfrom 1998 to 1999. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela born 18 July 1918 is a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movementfrom 1998 to 1999.

Awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom,[355]and the Order of Canada,[356] he was the first living person to be made an honorary Canadian citizen.[357] The last reciprocent of the Soviet Union’s Lenin Peace Prize from the Soviet Union,[358] and first reciprocent of the Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights,[359] in 1990 he received the Bharat Ratna Award from the government of India,[360] and in 1992 received Pakistan’s Nishan-e-Pakistan.[361] In 1992 he was awarded the Atatürk Peace Award by Turkey. He refused the award, citing human rights violations committed by Turkey at the time,[362]but later accepted the award in 1999.[358]Elizabeth II awarded him the Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order of St. John and the Order of MeritJOHANNESBURG – Ailing global peace icon Nelson Mandela, who is receiving treatment at home after spending nearly three months in hospital, is “fine,” his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said on Sunday.“He is fine, the spirits of Africa, his ancestors, our ancestors are keeping him for all of us,” Madikizela-Mandela told SABC public broadcaster in South Africa. Mandela is receiving intensive care for a respiratory illness at his Johannesburg home where he returned after being discharged on September 1. He had spent 86 days in a Pretoria hospital. The 95-year-old’s condition was described as critical but stable throughout his stay.

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Interview with Joey Duran Owner, El Tepeyac Cafe & Tequila Sports Bar

El Tepeyac

A bit of history about Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Café. Founded in 1942 by the Rojas family; originally called El Tupinamba Café, located in downtown LA; which then moved to Lincoln Heights, there known as La Villa Café. In 1952 the family made its final move to Boyle Heights, where it would be known as El Tepeyac Café, now the home of the ever famous “Manuel Special” – – the FIVE POUND BURRITO! After the untimely death of his father, Salvador Rojas, Manuel stepped in and along with his mother Rebecca, took the restaurant and built it to become the neighborhood restaurant of Los Angeles and for all who come. Manuel has been involved over the years with several organizations such as the local Optimist Club, Rotary Club and has generously contributed to most local community and school events.

2009 was a banner year for Manuel and El Tepeyac. Being featured nationally on the Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food” has brought in new customers from all over the country to try and eat the Manuel’s Special Burrito – many have tried but few have succeeded. Currently, the honor of being named #23 of the Travel Channel’s 101 Best Chowdowns in America has brought renewed national attention. Many websites such as Yelp.com, CitySearch.com, Wherethelocalseat.com, AOLCityBest.com and others have rated Manuel’s with 4 stars. In the Spring of 2009, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaragoza who was raised in the Boyle Heights area and attended Roosevelt High School, made El Tepeyac Café the last stop on his campaign tour for reelection which was televised locally as the last impression to the voters before his reelection.

Now 77 years old and at a time where many would be retired, Manuel starts up the kitchen at 3AM, 7 days a week and sticks around for breakfast through lunch doing what he loves best, welcomes everyone with a kiss for the ladies and a hug for the men. His appreciation and adoration for his friends and customers continues through 4 generations. There have been many imitators but, there is only one Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac. Future expansion is being discussed and wherever it may be, Manuel will be there to assist in carrying on the tradition that has become an icon to the City of Los Angeles.

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http://manuelseltepeyac.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Manuels-El-Tepeyac/224076670980843

Address: 812 N. Evergreen Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Phone Number: (323) 268-1960