Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #98) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #98)
Transcript: degree I majored in Politics and Native Administration and was fairly conversant with the evolution of political thought up to the capitalist era, and with the more respectable literature that dealt with the life of my people. I was also familiar with such radical Western thinkers as Harold Laski, Bernard Shaw and Bertrand Russell, as well as with South African liberals like Dr. Edgar Brookes, Professor R.F.A. Hoernle, Julius Lewin and with the publications of the Institute of Race Realations. All these were outstanding intellectuals who had done valuable research work in various fields and had presented facts in a scholarly manner. I gained a lot from reading their work and I still consult these and numerous other Western thinkers. The Institute publishes important material on race relations and these publications are indispensable to any student of South African politics. One of my regrets is that in my current circumstances such material is no longer avaiable to me. But all these publications had one fundamental weakness: none of them contained a formula of how I could solve my problems. As a freedom fighter I am interested not only in books that clearly describe my political disabilities but, even more important, in those that can tell me how we can fight for our rights and free our country from oppression. Literature that dealt with topics of this kind was bound to grip me.
In the late 40s I began reading the works of nationalists like Drs. Nmandi Azikiwe and Nkwane Nkrumah, Mr. George Padmore, Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru and others. The problems of each country differed from the others and, in some cases, materially. But there were also remarkable simillarities and the experience of the national movements in Africa and Asia contained vital lessons for us. At that time I was preoccupied mainly with the struggle against racial oppression and
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