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Welcome for Luthuli in London

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In December 1961, Chief Luthuli and Nokukhanya undertook a momentous journey to Norway where Luthuli received the Nobel Peace Prize for 1960. He was given the award in recognition of his efforts to bring an end to racial discrimination and injustice in South Africa through peaceful methods.

A delay in leaving Johannesburg airport meant that Chief Luthuli and Nokukhanya did not arrive in London until nightfall, many hours later than the London welcome committee had anticipated. However, in spite of this disruption to plans and the cold British weather, at least 200 people gave Luthuli a warm welcome to the UK when the 'plane eventually landed in London on 7 December 1961. Luthuli expressed disappointment that he was not able to spend as much time in London as he had originally scheduled. By 1961 several ANC stalwarts, including M B Yengwa, were living in exile in the UK. From London Luthuli and Nokukhanya would depart on the final leg of their journey to Norway.

Additional Info

  • Object Name: Print, Digital
  • Object ID: LutMus2008.09.002.13
  • Creator: IDAFSA
  • Date: Dec-61
  • Description: Luthuli is welcomed to London by a group of people holding placards, one of which reads "London honours..." Luthuli is en route to Oslo, Norway to receive his Nobel Peace Prize.
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Last modified on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 06:18


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

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