Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #130) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #130)
Transcript: but in addition by the spread of its influence among the people outside its own membership. Professional and business men gave financial support, provided accomodation and transport, whilst priests prayed and blessed us. A magnificent gesture was made by Sanna Teyise of the famous Blue Lagoon in Johannesburg. Throughout the Campaign she fed free of charge all the awaiting trial resisters in the Johannesburg jail with a goood meal twice a day. At one time she was feeding no less than 80 people and her whole gesture must have cost her a fortune.
In addition the Campaign pricked the concience of a small but important section of the whites and two new organisations, the Congress of Democrats and the Liberal Party emerged and joined the battle against apartheid. The ANC and the SAIC were instrumental in the formation of the COD and right from the bginning the white democrats lined up with the two Congresses and completely identified themselves with the struggle of the African and Indian masses. Unlike the Liberal Party which at first advocated a qualified franchise and constitutional methods, the white democrats stood for full equality between black and white and were prepared to use all methods which would speed up the liberation of the oppressed. Now our views could be put directly to the white public by an organisation of white men and women with whom we shared the same beliefs and who were prepared to pay the full price for those beliefs. From the early days of our struggle the first white people ubreservedly and fully identify themselves with the blacks were the communists. With the dformation of the COD we could now look forward to a broader section of whites committing themselves as fully.
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