Monday, 16 December 2013

NELSON MANDELA AND ANTON LEMBEDE


Thanks sister Ankhobia 

Remembering the Wisdom of Ancestors: Anton Muziwakhe Lembede (1914 - 1947)

"We need artists to interpret to us and to the world our glorious past, our misery, suffering and tribulation of the present time, our hopes, aspirations and our divine destiny and our great future; to inspire us with the message that there is hope for our race and that we ought therefore to draw plans and lay foundations for a longer future than we can imagine by struggling for national freedom so as to save our race from imminent extinction or extermination. In short, we need African Artists to interpret the spirit of Africa”

(“An African Academy of Art and Science”, Inkundla ya Bantu, July 31, 1947)

Nelson Mandela on Lembede:

"Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk To Freedom (1995) testifies: “ Walter’s [Sisulu] in Orlando was a mecca for activists and ANC members. . . One night in 1943 I met Anton Lembede, who held master of arts and bachelor of law degrees, and A. P. Mda. From the moment I heard Lembede speak, I knew I was seeing a magnetic personality who thought in original and often startling ways. . . Lembede said that Africa was a black man’s continent, and it was up to Africans to reassert themselves and reclaim what was rightfully theirs. He hated the idea of the black inferiority complex and castigated what he called the worship and idolization of the West and their ideas. The inferiority complex, he affirmed, was the greatest barrier to liberation. He noted that wherever the African had been given the opportunity, he was capable of developing to the sameextent as the white man, citing such African heroes as Marcus Garvey. W. E. B. Du Bois, and Haile Selassie. . . Lembede declared that a new spirit was stirring among the people, that ethnic differences were melting away, thay young men and women thought of themselves as Africans first and foremost, not as Xhosas or Ndebeles or Tswanas. . . Lembede’s views struck a chord in me. . . Like Lembede I came to see the atidote as militant African nationalism. . . Lembede’s Africanism was not universally supported because his ideas were characterized by a racial exclusivity that disturbed some of the other Youth Leaguers.”

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