PEACE: Albert John Lutuli - Capetown South Africa
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Windsocker
S 33° 54.390 E 018° 25.188
34H E 261432 N 6245213
Quick Description: Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli was born sometime around 1898 near Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia, the son of a Seventh Day Adventist missionary
Location: Western Cape, South Africa
Date Posted: 3/8/2008 10:26:36 AM
Waymark Code: WM3B58
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
After his father's death 10-year-old Albert returned to South Africa and learned Zulu traditions and duties in the household of his uncle, the chief of Groutville, a community associated with an American Congregational mission in the sugar lands. In 1936 Luthuli left teaching to become the elected chief of the community of 5,000 at Groutville.
In December 1956 Luthuli and 155 others were dramatically rounded up and charged with high treason. His long trial failed to prove treason, a Communist conspiracy, or violence, and in 1957 he was released. During this time Luthuli's quiet authority and his inspiration to others profoundly impressed distinguished foreign observers, leading to his nomination for the Nobel Prize. Nonwhite’s people responded in large numbers to his call for a stay-at-home strike in 1957; later, whites also began attending his mass meetings. In 1959 the government confined him to his rural neighbourhood and banned him from gatherings.
On July 21, 1967, as he made a habitual crossing of a railway bridge near his small farm, Chief Luthuli was struck by a train and died.

Text Partly taken from Wiki and britanic website
Field of Accomplishment: Peace

Year of Award: 1960

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