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Albert Luthuli
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    (circa 1898-July 21, 1967)
    Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
    Birth name was Albert Lutuli
    Anti-apartheid activist
    Named President of the African Teachers Association (1933)
    Chief of Zulus at the Grantville mission in Natal (1936-52)
    President of the African National Congress (1952-67)
    Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (1960)
    Fatally struck by a train while walking near his house
    His name was misspelled 'Luthuli' everywhere, even in his own autobiography (which was prepared for publication by friends).
    He resisted requests from tribal elders for two years before agreeing to become chief.
    He reportedly became despondent over being upstaged by Nelson Mandela.
    His death inevitably inspired rumors that he had been murdered by the government.
    Because he worked to financially support his widowed mother, he had to turn down a college scholarship.
    The South African government forced him out as chief when he refused to resign from the ANC.
    The government repeatedly restricted him from travelling more than 15 miles from his home.
    He was an advocate of non-violence.
    In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech he said, 'There can be no peace for any part of the world where people are oppressed.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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