LET MY PEOPLE GO by Albert Luthull


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The Nobel Peace Prize was, perhaps, the surpassing honor of Albert John Luthull's life. Yet although his autobiography concludes before the award announcement -- and so contains no reference to worldwide furor over his Government's attempt to prevent him from personal acceptance, it is a full and complete statement of Chief Luthull's credo and the dedication that evoked the tribute. With dignity and calm simplicity, he challenges the Nationalist-perpetuated doctrine that Africans are at best ineducable primitives destined never to rise above petty tribal alliances. Forthrightly, he assesses the destructive effects of the Bantustan system, the Group Areas and subsequent Acts, Government attempts to generate tribal and political infighting, and personal sufferings and humiliations his people have undergone. Proudly, he recounts accomplishments such as the spontaneous Pretoria bus boycott. He defines the African National Congress, of which he is president, as a body devoted to restoring democratic processes in order that political development may then become possible. This is a stimulating, thought-provoking history of apartheid Africa, looking hopefully ahead to its future.

Pub Date: April 14th, 1962
Publisher: McGraw-Hill