Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #479) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #479)
Transcript: and crossing the channel by ferry, all operated by Africans. Parliament was in session and I attended the proceedings the next day. A cabinet minister gave me a seat not far from the Speaker and the Clerk of the House at once approached and asked me who I was. I told him simply that I was a representative f Chief Luthuli from South Africa on a visit to his country. He gave me his hand and went back and whispered something to the Speaker. The Clerk returned and told me that no guest, not even VIPs were allowed to occupy that seat but that it was an honour for them to be host to me and that the Speaker had decided to make an exception and allow me to use that seat. I thanked the Clerk.
During the adjournment for refreshments, as we drank tea, dignitaries lined up to shake hands with me and only then did I discover that I was an unconscious impostor. The Clerk mistakenly understood me as saying I was Chief Luthuli, but still they were polite enough to allow me to return to the same seat. I was also introduced to the Prime Minister Sir Milton Margai and to his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Karefa Smart (spelligng?). Their spirits were down because the previous days municipal elections were held throughout the country and the opposition had a runaway victory. Dr. Smart, however, generously offered us several scholarships but in regard to the main mission he asked that we should return after May that year after the general elections. He assured me that whatever party was in power they would fully support our struggle and would do everything within their means to give material assistance.
My next stop was Liberia but I arrived the day after the President had left for a holiday in his home
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