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Photograph of Luthuli with Father Christmas

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In December 1961, Chief Luthuli and Nokukhanya travelled to Oslo, Norway where Luthuli became the first African to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. He was selected to receive the award for 1960 in recognition of his efforts to bring an end to racial discrimination and injustice in South Africa through peaceful methods. In his acceptance speech, Luthuli said “Our vision has always been that of a non-racial, democratic South  Africa which upholds the rights of all who live in our country to remain there as full citizens with equal rights and responsibilities with all others.”

At home in South Africa, Chief Luthuli was banned, which meant he was effectively under house arrest and his movements were severely restricted. Free to move about Oslo as he pleased, Chief Luthuli was photographed here leaving his hotel to visit the Nobel Institute and on his journey he bumped into one of the city's many Father Christmases.

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  • Object Name: Newspaper
  • Object ID: LutMus2010.07.091
  • Creator: -
  • Date: 01-Dec-61
  • Description: Photograph of Luthuli with Father Christmas. Digital copy. Photograph and caption of Luthuli's encounter with aFather Christmas whilst in Oslo to receive Nobel Peace Prize.
  • People: Luthuli, Chief Albert
Last modified on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 09:30


Laura Gibson currently manages the digitisation and collections management project at Luthuli Museum, Groutville, KwaZulu-Natal.

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