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Praise song for Luthuli

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Chief Luthuli was awarded the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize, in 1961, in recognition of his efforts to bring an end to racial discrimination and injustice in South Africa through peaceful methods.  In his acceptance speech he 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.”

While the Apartheid Government refused to honour Luthuli's award and openly criticised the Nobel Committee for their selection, many other South Africans of all races came out in support of Chief Luthuli. Alan Paton, author of Cry, the Beloved Country was moved to write this praise poem for his friend to recognise his great achievement in becoming Africa's first Nobel Peace Laureate in spite of the difficulties he faced daily in South Africa.

Additional Info

  • Object Name: Poem
  • Object ID: LutMus2005.01.064
  • Creator: Alan Paton
  • Date: 1961
  • Description: Original copy of Alan Paton's Praise song for Luthuli
  • People: Luthuli, Chief Albert; Paton, Alan
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Laura Gibson currently manages the digitisation and collections management project at Luthuli Museum, Groutville, KwaZulu-Natal.

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