Luthuli Museum

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Sunday, 16 Dec 2018

An elderly Nokukhanya receives visitors at home.

Friday, 28 February 2014 08:49 Published in Photographs

This image forms part of a collection of original photos recently donated to the museum by Dr Jairam Reddy, Chairperson of the Council of Durban University of Technology. All were taken when Dr Reddy, Former Chief Justice Pius Langa and Enuga "ES" Reddy, United Nations Head of the Anti-Apartheid movement, visited Nokukhanya in the early 1990s at the Luthuli family home in Groutville. The Luthuli Museum is delighted to include these beautiful pictures of Nokukhanya in its photograph collection and grateful to Dr Reddy for making this possible.

Welcome Home! Chief Luthuli returns from Norway

Thursday, 15 December 2011 07:02 Published in Photographs

On 15 December 1961, Chief Luthuli and Nokukhanya returned to Durban from Norway where Luthuli had received the Nobel Peace Prize for 1960. Throngs of people greeted the Luthulis at every stage of their journey from the airport to Groutville.


The Nobel committee selected Luthuli to receive the award 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.”


The following day, 16 December 1961, bombs exploded around South Africa as part of the launch of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the newly formed armed wing of the ANC. Billy Nair contends that bombings were planned to occur the same night as Chief Luthuli returned from Oslo and that Luthuli was aware of this months prior to his departure for Oslo.

Sage about the Past, Cautious on the Future

Friday, 04 November 2011 09:15 Published in Archives

Original article revealing plans to unveil tombstone for Luthuli in July and report on Nokukhanya Luthuli's interpretation of events five years after her husband's death.

'Violence in the Offing' Warning by Buthelezi

Friday, 04 November 2011 09:05 Published in Archives

Original article focussed principally on Buthelezi's speech at ceremony held in Groutville to honour Chief Luthuli and unveil his tombstone.

Tombstone Unveiling Bombshell & Luthuli's Daughter Returns

Tuesday, 01 November 2011 09:46 Published in Archives

Two original newspaper articles related to the unveiling of Luthuli's tombstone. "Tombstone Unveiling Bombshell" reveals that Government has increased bureaucracy for anyone wishing to attend the ceremony to unveil Chief Luthuli's tombstone in an effort to deter support. "Luthuli's Daughter returns" reveals that Albertinah Luthuli will be present at the unveiling and provides a view on her life as an exile in the UK.

Oral History: Donald Sivetye (Part I)

Monday, 17 October 2011 17:12 Published in Audio Visual

Oral history interview between Donald Sivetye and Scott Couper/Mwelela Cele. Sivetye provides autobiographical information and reveals that his mother was Luthuli's sister. He focuses on his and his father's encounters with Luthuli as well as Kennedy's visit to Groutville, the history and development of the area and the formation of MK. He also discusses his family's reaction to Luthuli's death.

Lutuli sat quietly at home

Monday, 17 October 2011 17:09 Published in Archives
Lutuli sat quietly at home. Report on Luthuli's banning from meeting in Stanger to celebrate his Nobel award.

Praise song for Luthuli

Monday, 17 October 2011 17:09 Published in Archives

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.

Albert Luthuli Audiovisual clips

Monday, 17 October 2011 17:08 Published in Audio Visual

Collection of audiovisual clips related to Chief Luthuli, Apartheid and Liberation Movement, including footage of Luthuli en route to Norway, Luthuli at Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, Robert Kennedy's visit to South Africa, and Archbishop Tutu speaking at an ANC funeral.

Banished Chief still in touch with ANC

Monday, 17 October 2011 17:08 Published in Archives
Banished Chief still in touch with ANC. Reflection on how Luthuli survives banishment in Groutville and maintains contact with national ANC
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