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Chief Luthuli & Nokukhanya at Johannesburg Airport

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On 5 December 1961, Chief Luthuli and his wife, Nokukhanya, departed their home in Groutville, KwaZulu-Natal to embark on their long journey to Norway where Luthuli received the Nobel Peace Prize for 1960. They flew from Durban to Johannesburg where they were unexpectedly delayed overnight. They were not able to stay in a hotel and instead had to pass the night in the airport terminal in an area reserved for non-Europeans.

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.”

Additional Info

  • Object Name: Print, photographic
  • Object ID: LutMus2008.09.002.095
  • Creator: -
  • Date: 5 Dec 1961
  • Description: Black and white image of Nokukhanya and Luthuli seated in Johannesburg's Jan Smuts airport terminal en route to Oslo, Norway to receive Nobel Peace Prize
  • People: Luthuli, Chief Albert; Luthuli, Nokukhanya


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

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