A few days ago, the world celebrated Nelson Mandela, the leader of the liberation of South Africa. But he was not the first South African black leader.
Chief Albert Luthuli, South African black leader, advocate of nonviolence, winner of the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize, died on July 21, 1967. A deeply religious man, he wrote:
“Law and conditions that tend to debase human personality — a God-given force — be they brought about by the State or individuals, must be relentlessly opposed in the spirit of defiance shown by St. Peter when he said to the rulers of his day: ‘Shall we obey God or man?’ ”
“It is inevitable that in working for freedom some individuals and some families must take the lead and suffer: the road to freedom is via the cross.”