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A. Luthuli receiving Nobel Peace Prize

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On 10th December 1961, Chief Luthuli formally received the Nobel Peace Prize award for 1960. 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 Nobel committee had 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. Luthuli had been nominated by 1952 Nobel Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer and Dr Fridtjov Birkeli, Bishop of Stavanger. An exhaustive investigation into Luthuli's character and achievements was undertaken by the committee at a local and international level before Luthuli was given the award.

The day following the award ceremony, Luthuli delivered his official Nobel Prize address in a packed University hall in Oslo, Norway. The title of his Nobel Lecture was "Africa and Freedom".

Additional Info

  • Object Name: Print, photographic
  • Object ID: LutMus2004.01.006.087
  • Creator: -
  • Date: 10 Dec 1961
  • Description: Chief Luthuli formally receives the Nobel Prize for Peace in Oslo, Norway.
  • People: Luthuli, Chief Albert; Jahn, Gunnar
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Laura Gibson currently manages the digitisation and collections management project at Luthuli Museum, Groutville, KwaZulu-Natal.

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