Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #101) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #101)
Transcript: prohibited by the law. My reading of Marxist literature deepened my sense of committment and brought me closer to members of the CP with whom I often had lengthy discussions on theoretical and practical problems. With this backbround I came to appreciate the correctness of the policy of the ANC which has since the formation of the CP welcomed Marxists as members and which has repeatedly and emphatically resisted any anti communist influences within its own ranks. Of more immediate concern to me was the fact that in Marxist literature I had found a weealth of information on all types of problems that trouble an active politician; information collected by leading theoreticians who themselves had been in the forefront of revolutionary struggles in their respective countries.
A friend onse asked me how I would reconcile my belief in African nationalism and dialectical materialism at the one and the same time. There is no contradiction whatsoever between the two ideologies;on the contrary, I have found them complementary. I am an African nationalist and strive for the unity of the African people, for our emancipation from minority rule and for the right to manage our own affairs. Accordingly I considered the struggle against white supremacy as our most immediate task. I am proud of what I am, of my country and people, our history and tradition, language, music and art, and firmly believe that Africans have something distinct to contribute to world culture. I will streneously fight for the respect of the national independence of a free and democratic South Africa and will resist agression against its territorial integrity or interference in its domestic affairs. Equally important is the fact that my roots are struck deep into the soil of Africa and the idea of pan Africanism flows in my blood.
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