Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #240) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #240)
Transcript: particularly struck us was his awareness of the dangers inherent in the system of Bantu Authorities and after speaking to him and others we got an idea of how deep the hostility of the Tembus to the new system was.
By now the police thought they had given me enough rope to run around and towards the end of March I received my third ban now restricting me to Johannesburg for 5 years and prohibiting me from attending meetings for the same period. I was back where I was in December 1952 when I received my first ban. For 60 months I would be quarantined in one district seeing daily the same mine dumps, buildings, streets and faces anf for information as to what went on elsewhere in the country, I would have to rely on the press, radio and what others told me.
By this time my attitude had changed radically and although I tried not to be restless, I had developed contempt for these restrictions. I was determined that my involvement in the struggle and the scope of my political activities would be determined by nobody else but myself. Obstacles can break or discourage some people, but may inspire others and tap those inner springs of challange and initiative which mark out every community leader. One of my fortunes is to be associated with such men who have influenced me to try and follow their example.
I hate to be regarded as an inferiour and to carry out orders from men I never put in positions of authority and I will fight strenuously for the right to be accepted as equal to all other human beings. To crusade against public evil and suffer hardship for persisting in a great cause can make life rich
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