Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #178) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #178)
Transcript: of the country's major industries appear in many drafts. Another remarkable feature, in view of the long tradition of racial regimes that have ruled South Africa, was the absence of extreme nationalism and the acceptance that this country belongs to all those who have made it their home. One felt that we had hit on an idea that immediately caught the imagination of the people throughout the country. Two of the best drafts came from the Durban and Pietermarizburg regions; the one from the Durban region was almost identical to the one we had prepared.
The history of the Charter from this point onwards is well known the actual holding of the Congress of the People at Kliptown near Johannesburg on June 25 26 1955, the 3,000 delegates of the people who braved massive police intimidation to assemble and approve the document, the hugh crowd of non delegates, the actual terms of that hsitorical document, the breaking up of the meeting by 400 policemen, and the subsequent approval of the document by each of the Congresses.
In one respect the demands that came from the public did not accurately reflect the forces at work within the ANC itself, in so far as they were silent in regard to the views of a group of extreme nationalists amongst us. Such groups made their presence evident when the ANC held a special Conference in March 1956 to adopt the Freedom Charter as its basic policy. This extreme nationalism manifested itself then in the form of African exclusiveism which rejected working together with Indians and Coloureds and in the form of anti communism.
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