Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #104) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #104)
Transcript: whose long term objectives were radically different from mine and how to make headway without dividing the people. In our country colour prejudice is deeply entrenched and effects not only the ruling groups but has even penetrated to the oppressed groups themselves. More serious, some of the social evils that we strongly condemn and which the liberation movement has fought throughout its history constantly creep unnoticed into the movement itself, creating delicate problems for organisations which seek to co ordinate the political activities of all national groups. In this situation I soon recognised the value to a freedom fighter of developing suitable techniques to settle mutual differences within the movement; that its kingpin are those whose field of vision is not hampered by the prejudices of the average man, who have the moral and intellectual qualities to focus attention on those issues that unite us and who are well suited to lead a great mass movement. The Congress movement is built on this rock and provides a platform for all those who believe that a united movement of all the oppressed people will defeat apartheid. The unity it preaches is destined to grow into a mighty force because it was born of struggle and tempered by experience. The Nationalist government has throughout its twenty eight years of its reign launched ferocious onslaughts on the liberation movement and, in the process, some organisations disappeared while others were completely paralyzed. The Congress movement took the brunt of these attacks and at some stage the state of disorganisation in our ranks was alarming. But whilst other sections of the liberation movement became even more over cautious than before and confined their activities to mere polemics, the ANC and its allies were ever resourceful and the initiative never totally slipped away from our hands. We continued to mobilize the people against apartheid and its host of evils and launched a series of mass campaigns which demonstrated in practical terms the value of united
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