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Welcome Home! Chief Luthuli returns from Norway

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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.

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  • Object Name: Print, photographic
  • Object ID: LutMus2005.01.176
  • Creator: -
  • Date: 15 Dec 1961
  • Description: Luthuli returns to South Africa from Norway where he received the Nobel peace prize for 1960
  • People: -
Last modified on Monday, 19 December 2011 13:48


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

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