Legacy of an African Hero
The relentless struggle of those who fought against the oppressive apartheid regime in South Africa has produced many heroes. Amongst this list of honourable icons is Chief Albert Luthuli, who was awarded the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize for his role as the leader of ten million Africans in the non-violent struggle against apartheid. He was the first African and individual outside of Europe and the Americas to been awarded this prestigious accolade in Oslo, Norway, formally on 10 December 1961. His famous statement “the road to freedom is via the cross” clearly depicts his dedication to freedom and his aversion to violence. Foundational to this once in a life-time recognition at the Nobel Institute, it is imperative to understand the ‘story’, so to say, behind the glory. Let us consider the background and experiences of this African humanitarian.