You there, Lutuli, they thought your world was small
They thought you lived in Groutville
Now they discover
It is the world you live in . . .
Allowed to fly to Norway to receive the award from King Olaf, Lutuli, on 11 December 1961, in a magnificent address pointed out that in South Africa, despite long oppression by a white minority whose power rested on a heavily armed and equipped military machine, the ANC had always set itself against 'racial vaingloriousness'; its leaders stood for non- racial democracy where colour was irrelevant.
That ideal, which is shared by the third black South African to receive the award, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, shines like a beacon in the darkness of racism spreading through our world.
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