Albert Luthuli grew up in the small KwaZulu-Natal settlement of Groutville and became a teacher. As a young man, he was not particularly interested in politics, but the government’s increasing cruelty towards Africans led him to take up the cause of his people. He eventually became a national political leader and, in 1952, was elected President of the African National Congress (ANC). He headed an executive committee that included such great leaders as Mandela, Tambo and Sisulu. He led many campaigns against the apartheid system and won the love and respect of ordinary South Africans. In 1961, Chief Luthuli became known around the world as the first South African to win the Nobel Peace Prize for his devotion to achieving freedom by peaceful means. They Fought for Freedom tells the life stories of southern African leaders who struggled for freedom and justice. In spite of the important roles they played in the history of southern Africa, most of these leaders have been largely ignored by the history books. The series tells their stories in an entertaining manner, in clear language and aims to restore them to their rightful place in history.
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