Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #433) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #433)
Transcript: tremendous impression he had made as a fighter for the freedom of his people. His readiness to give up chieftaincy rather than change his views and his able leadership as president of the ANC earned him the respect of many people here and abroad.
Under his leadership the ANC had grown to become a formidable opponent of the government, pressing the enemy hard at home and isolating him from the democratic world. He was then in the third year of a 5 year restriction confining him to the district of Stanger. The ban was imposed on him in the course of an impressive campaign in which he was addressing white gatherings and drawing large crowds in various centres in the country. His campaign was becoming a source of concern to a government which thought only in terms of racialistic formulas.
The award was an affront to the government for it meant that the western world, to whom Chief Luthuli was portrayed as a dangerous agitator at the head of a communist front organisation totally disbelieved that cheap propaganda.
It was against this background that MK dramatically announced its emergence and shocked white South Africa to the realisation that they were living on top of a volcano. The award to the Chief and the emergence of MK were among the major events of the year.
As the sirens wailed and the bells tolled away at midnight on December 31st, 1961 we felt that we were welcoming not just a new year but a new era in our freedom struggle.
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