Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #143) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #143)
Transcript: matter of his invitation with the National Executive of the ANC. I was keen that he should attend the Festival and undertook to personally convey his apologies and aquaint the National Executive with the facts relating to his trip in his absence. The Executive was unhappy about the whole affair and I had quite a difficult time explaining the circumstances before they came round to with holding any expression of dissaproval. The matter, however, did not end there. A small section of the membership took up the matter and made a move to censor Walter at the 1953 National Conference which he attended on his return. Some of the men were opposed to his having visited the Soviet Union and other Socialist countries. In the event the move failed but it is interesting to note that while these men condemned us at the time for this, these very men are today visiting Socialist countries and soliciting their assistance.
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