Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #356) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #356)
Transcript: to act professionally during the first months after my admission as an attorney. Zephania Mothopeng, another friend for whom I had also previously acted became the national chairman. The organisation attracted men like Gaur Radebe, my former hero and political tutor, and fellow accused in the Treason Trial like Joe Molefe and Vusumzi Make, able young men who were among the leaders of the great Evaton bus boycott. There were several others among them whom we knew as courageous and devoted and we believed would give a good account of themselves wherever they might be.
This situation immediately aroused in me the fervent hope that unity between our respective organisations would not be difficult to achieve and that, as soon as the heat of polemics had cooled, the bitter lessons of struggle would bring us together. Inspired by this belief I made it a point from the outset to pay more than casual interest in the policy statements and activities of the new organisation. To equip myself for this purpose I approached my friend Robert Sobukwe, the day after their inaugural conference and asked for a copy of his presidential address, constitution of his organisation, and basic policy material.
In our situation where a minority of whites imposes its arbitrary rule on the vast majority of blacks any organisation that exploits racialism, that puts forward spectacular programmes of activities and promises speedy solution will have a strong appeal, especially on the younger generation who are always impatient of the caution of the older and more experienced generation.
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