Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #65) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #65)
Transcript: definate views on the problems facing the country and even different solutions. It was also the first occasion for me to work with whites outside the formal contact between teacher and student at school.
I was articled to Lazar Sidelsky, himself a graduate of Wits where he obtained his L>L>B> degree. When I jopined the firm he was probably in his early thirties. He was liberal in outlook and was actively interested in African education, donating funds and trophies to African schools, helping in various ways in the advancement of African education. In our discussions he repeatedly stressed that only mass education would free my people, arguing that an educated man could not be oppressed, that he could think for himself and would know how to fight for his rights. He maintained that we should concentrate all our efforts on education and that my aim should be to become a successful attorney that would inspire the African youth in turn to become successful lawyers. He painted a frightening picture of what whould happen to me if I drifted into politics. My practice, he said, would suffer. I would come into conflict with established authority and end up in prison. He warned me to avoid the company of trouble makers and to seek that of responsible and enlightened persons. He pointed to some of his clients who were men of substance and a source of pride to my people and whose example he felt I should follow.
I listened carefully to him for he was an impressive man and a flourishing lawyer who knew what he was talking about. Moreover he was my principal and genuinely interested in my welfare. He was the white South African who had taken the bold step to article a black man, something rare in
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