South Africa: Prize & Prejudice

As the white-haired Zulu trudged toward his self-built, tin and concrete blockhouse near Stanger, Natal, a car pulled up alongside him on the dusty road. "I have a very important message for you," said the driver. "You have just been awarded the most important prize in the world."

That is how news of the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize reached Albert John Luthuli, 62, ex-Zulu chieftain, president of the banned African National Congress, and since 1959, by decree of the racist South African government, a virtual exile from his people. Awarded a year...

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