Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #466) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #466)
Transcript: South Africa had been born in that same room where we were meeting at the time, as a result of a suggestion from President Nasser. Oliver added that since then we had honoured our own side of the bargain.
In Cairo I also met Alfred Hutchinson, an ex Fort Harean, member of the ANC and promising writer who had been jailed during the Defiance Campaign in 1952. He was one of the younger men we thought had a great future both as a literary man and fighter for national rights and it was a happy moment for me to see him again after al most 3 years. He was then living in England and was now attending a conference of Afro Asian journalists in the city. I was not present at that conference but I was later told that he delivered a stimulating paper which impressed many delegates. It was from Alfred that I obtained a copy of Chief Luthuli's book "Let My People Go". Reading it in a foreign city immediately put my bearings straight and I was able to refresh myself in regard to important aspects of the story of our people's struggle to be free. I also read some literature on the life of President Nasser and two works on the Algerian Revolution and although they were by no means authoritative in the sense that they were written by Algerians who were themselves intimately connected with that revolution, in the absence of anything better, I found them useful and could now look forward confidently to informed discussions with the Algerians on the methods of struggle we were preparing to start in our own country.
In spite of plunder by the colonialists Egypt still is a country of fabulous wealth in ancient art and culture. I have always been anxious to see the pyramids, the sphinx and the embalmed body of
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