Luthuli Museum

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Oral History: John Daniel

Monday, 17 October 2011 16:42 Published in Audio Visual

Oral history interview with John Daniel by Barbara Wahlberg.

Daniel recalls his first meeting with Chief Luthuli in 1964 when he asked Luthuli to continue as Honorary President of NUSAS. He describes the clandestine meeting in the sugar cane fields, his impression of Luthuli and his sadness at the impact the banning order clearly had on the Chief.

The conversation turns to Daniel's involvement with NUSAS, focussing specifically on arrangements for Kennedy's visit to South Africa and meeting with Luthuli. He also reveals NUSAS's attempt to invite Martin Luther King to South Africa.The issue of Andrew Leftwich and the African Resistance Movement is then discussed. Conversation turns once more to Kennedy's visit and the documentary being produced by Larry Shore.

Daniel also explains his reasons for leaving South Africa and considers his time spent overseas. The interview concludes with Daniel reflecting briefly on the affect Luthuli's death had on him and his subsequent approval of the Luthuli Museum as a site of memory for this man and his ideas.

Oral History: Hans Beukes

Monday, 17 October 2011 16:41 Published in Audio Visual

Oral history interview with Hans Beukes by Barbara Wahlberg.

Beukes reveals the circumstances surrounding his first meeting with Luthuli in Cape Town in 1959. He proceeds to discuss his own story of escape from South Africa to Norway, drawing attention to those who influenced him to do so and made it possible. He shares his impressions of Luthuli when he met with him again in Norway in 1961 and speculates as to how Luthuli might have come to the attention of the Nobel Peace Prize committee for nomination. Beukes is keen to emphasise JFK's endorsement of Luthuli's award, which meant the USA could not dismiss the ANC as a terrorist organisation.

Conversation then turns to the controversy surrounding the formation of MK and speculation as to whether Luthuli knew and supported this wing. Other topics discussed include the Namibian situation in the 1950s and 1960s, and Beukes first impressions of Oslo as a decrepit town in the aftermath of the German occupation and his subsequent respect for Norwegian investment in infrastructure, particularly education. This leads to a wider analysis of education in South Africa and the ANC Youth League.

The interview concludes with a discussion about Mandela's legacy and Beukes reasons for asserting that his vision for South Africa could be nothing other than nonracial. Photographs and names are exchanged throughout the interview as touchstones for sparking further conversation topics.

Luthuli is welcomed home after his trip to Norway where he receive the Nobel Peace Prize for 1960

Luthuli's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

Monday, 17 October 2011 16:21 Published in Photographs
Framed black and white photograph of Luthuli giving his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech at the University of Oslo, Norway.
Framed black and white photograph of Chief Luthuli in the passenger seat of a motorcar on his way to Oslo, Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

We are proud of you Chief

Monday, 17 October 2011 16:20 Published in Photographs
"We are proud of you Chief." Framed black and white photograph showing group of women marching. One women carries a sign saying "We are proud of you Chief".

Chief Albert Luthuli being interviewed by Nat Nakasa

Monday, 17 October 2011 16:20 Published in Photographs
Framed black and white photograph of Chief Albert Luthuli being interview by Nat Nakasa.

Framed black and white photograph of Chief Luthuli at airport en route to Oslo to receive Nobel Peace Prize for 1960. He waves with his right arm and holds his hat and coat in his left.

Luthuli receives news of his Nobel Peace Prize

Monday, 17 October 2011 16:19 Published in Photographs
Framed black and white photograph: Chief Luthuli and family receive news of his Nobel Peace Prize award.
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