Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #241) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #241)
Transcript: and full and give a man a sense of mission that lifts him much higher than those who regard themselves as the Herrenvolk. Defiance of autocratic authority is always correct and to find answers to the numerous obstacles placed around you by the enemy is a source of strength and hope. Not only does it give you a pleasant feeling of success in dealing with immediate problems but keeps the prospects of final victory on big issues much in sight all the time. This was my state of mind as I began planning my programme in March 1956.
About this time the boxing and weight lifting club of which I had been a member since 1950 was and much in the news. Amateur boxing long commanded my participation and my son Madiba, then 10 years old and I spent most of our evenings in the gym at the Donaldson Orlando Community Centre. The club was managed by Johannes (Skipper Adonis) Molosi and its membership consisted of both professionals and amateurs. Our star boxer, Jerry (Uyinta) Moloi, later became Transvaal light weight champion and number one contender for the national title. He fought top boxers like David (Slumber) Gogotya, Elijah (Maestro)Mokone, Enoch (Schoolboy) Nhlapo, Levi (Golden boy) Madi, Sexton (Wonderboy) Mabena, Jaos (Kangaroo) Maoto, Leslie Tangee and others in the bantam, feather and light weight divisions.
But in 1956 the club split and all the boxers went away with Jerry whilst the weight lifters remained with Skipper. Twice before we had almost broken up and although i fully agreed with Jerry in his criticism of Skipper I managed to keep the boys together for a while. This time I felt that the split was more serious and I could not even convince my little son that we should patch up the quarrel
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