Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #457) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #457)
Transcript: and stresses of living away from their country, to adjust themselves to new environments and cultivate new friends and even new interests. It was during the same flight that Oliver introduced me to Reuben Kamanga and other members of the UNIP to whom I indicated my keeness to meet Kenneth Kaunda who was due to attend the conference straight from Lusaka. On the day after our arrival in Addis Ababa I met Kenneth Kaunda, had a brief chat and arranged to meet later during the conference.
Ethiopia is one of Africa's oldest independent states and was already known to the world in biblical times having been associated with such famous names as King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba from whom its people trace their descent. It has inspired African thought both in religion and political questions and up until the death of Emperor Haile Selassie occupied a special position in the affairs of the African continent.
In religious matters it aroused a strong desire for self government and led to the establishment of the first pure Negro Church in America. In South Africa it inspired an exodus of Africans from the churches controlled by whites and to the emergence of a mushroom of African churches, all known as the Ethiopian movement.
The existence of an independent AFrican state from the dawn of history and its ability to resist and repel successive waves of European invasions has had a great impact on the freedom struggle throughout Africa. I was 17 when Benito Mussolini attacked Ethiopia and mu own hatred of him
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