Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #141) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #141)
Transcript: assistance of Indians and whites. There have been no joint campaigns here and hardly any substantial help in this regard from other racial groups. The high standard of organisation that has been reached there is the result of African skill and initiative and the ANC working harmoniously with a well organised trade union movement.
At the end of the Defiance Campaign I again experienced that thrill born of the knowledge that we have a just cause and the strength to fight for it and win. I no longer felt like an inferior, broken in spirit and overwhelmed by the seeming invincibility of the white man and the might of his institutions. The ruling group had felt the power of my punches and now I could walk upright like a man, look at everybody straight in the face and face the future hopefully. But Malan's reply to our letter of January 1952 rejecting our offer of co operation, and in which he told us that whites would never share power with Africans, at once stressed the severe limitations of non violence as a weapon that would ultimately free us and I began thinking of alternatives. Although it had brought freedom to people of India, enabled us to emerge stronger from the recent conflict and considerably aroused our national pride, I regarded non violence as the best weapon in our hands only in so far as our people still needed to prepare for more effective forms of struggle.
About this time Walter Sisulu was invited by the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) to attend as guest of honour the World Festival of Youth and Students for Peace and Friendship to be held in Bucharest. I took advantage of this opportunity to put him my views on alternative methods of struggle and suggested that from the Festival he should visit the Peoples Republic of
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