Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #181) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #181)
Transcript: politicians in numerous ways. The success of the COP in the face of all these obstacdles meant that we had an efficient organisation which could cope with all the problems confronting it.
The government was also disturbed by the growing unity of the country's progressive forces. Although a handful of whites had taken part in the Defiance Campaign, what particularly worried the government then was the growing solidarity between Africans and Indians. Now that solidarity had taken a new dimension when relatively large numbers of whites fully identified themselves with the blacks. At the COP Benny Turok spoke on behalf of the COP and was cheered by the delegates. Then Father Huddleston, widely known as a champion of the rights of the black man, was honoured with the title of "Isithwalandwe" (A warrior decorated with the feathers of the blue crane), a title bestowed in the olden days with Chief Luthuli and Dr. Dadoo. Helen Joseph and Piet Beyleveld were also among the speakers at the COP. It was this situation that brought 400 armed policemen to Kliptown to break up a perfectly lawful gathering by sheer force. This lawless action was followed by a spate of bans which immobilised even more people. Worse was to follow.
In 1953 the ANC introduced an elementary course of political lectures for its members throughout the country which sparked off spirited discussions and helped to sustain interest and hold the membership together after the flames of the Defiance Campaign had died down. When the Campaign for the COP was in full swing an advanced course of three lectures was prepared and also widely distributed. The lectures were "The World We Live In", "How We Are Governed" and "The Need For Change". The majority of the lecturers were drawn from the banned people who
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