Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #166) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #166)
Transcript: and other things being equal, victory will go to the party that can unite those who share a common point of view and make them speak with one voice and act as one man. Ability to describe situations and to make people see issues clearly can only be fully exploited if we are able to unite the masses in common action and defeat or isolate or weaken the enemy. It was at this critical point that disastrous breaches in the ranks of the opposition appeared, and once this had happened, the enemy gained courage and thrust forward even more forcefully whilst its opponents were weakened by their failure to present a united front.
The Anglicans, the most fearless critics of the new education policy in the South African church and who controlled a large number of private schools, split in regard to the course of action to be pursued. Bishop Ambrose Reeves of Johannesburg took the drastic step of closing his school with a total enrollment of 10,000 children. The Archbishop of the Church and most of the bishops, anxious to keep the children out of the streets and teachers in their posts, handed over their schools to the government. The Wesleyans, Congregationalists and the London Missionary Society also accepted the government terms; but the American Board of Missions closed all its schools. The Roman Catholics, Seventh Day Adventists and the United Jewish Reformed Congregation in the Transval followed the construcive course of carrying on without State aid.
If all the other churches had followed the example of the Roman Catholic Church, the Seventh Day Adventists and the Jewish Reformed Congregation the government would have been confronted with a far more difficult situation and would probably have hesitated or even compromised. As
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