Mandela Hotels: Promises Kept to West Oakland Community


Shomari Carter and R. Maurice Arnold. Photo by Brigitte Cook.

The McClymonds High School Principal Jarod Scott and his staff welcomed the Mandela Hotels Project who served McClymonds students breakfast burritos and juice as a “back to school” breakfast event. Maurice Arnold, Mandela’s representative, was joined by City Council District 3’s community liaison Brigitte Cook and Alameda County District 5’s community engagement associate Shomari Carter.

Students at Martin Luther King Elementary School also were served breakfast.

Mandela Hotel Project diagram.

The Mandela Hotels Project is in communication with the Oakland Unified School District’s (OUSD) board members, Jumoke Hinton-Hodge and counsel, to formalize its sponsorship of Ralph Bunche Academy and McClymonds High Schools.

“The future belongs to those who are prepared,” said Mr. Arnold. Therefore, the Mandela Hotels’ sponsorship goal is to create employment, education, and future career opportunities in the culinary arts, hospitality and tourism industries.

“Since the Oakland Private Industry founded the successful Cypress Mandela Training Center we plan to work with them to help us develop career paths for our youth,” said Arnold.

The Mandela Hotels Project will present its local hire plan before the City Council for approval in October.


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