Southwest Houston Ethiopian restaurant, Lucy’s, announces to the Houston community that they will host a vigil in honor of the recently deceased former South African President Nelson Mandela on Friday, December 6, 2013 4:30pm at the restaurant located at 6800 Southwest Freeway. Joined by local leaders, members of the faith, and African communities from around the city of Houston.
“Nelson Mandela has been such a prize fighter for justice, equality, and freedom for so long for Africans. His regal leadership and sincerity for people has touched millions of heart around the world and has been a heavy positive influence on all,” stated restaurant owner Suzani Grant.
The 94-year-old former South African president is suffering from a recurrence of the condition which has put him in hospital three times since December.
Mr. Mandela served as president from 1994 to 1999. He was previously imprisoned for 27 years and is believed to have suffered lung damage while working in a prison quarry.
He contracted tuberculosis in the 1980s while being held in jail on windswept Robben Island. He retired from public life in 2004 and has been seen in public only rarely since.
He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years. In April he spent 10 days in hospital with pneumonia. Mr. Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 jointly with former President FW de Klerk for ending apartheid and bringing democracy to South Africa.
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