June 26, 2014

On this day June 26th

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

On 26 June 1954 Walter Sisulu addressed a meeting of the African National Congress (ANC) at the Communal Hall in Johannesburg. At the meeting he a spurred people to volunteer by pointing out that "we need 5 000 volunteers but we must get them before the removal of the ‘black spots’ begins, they must then be ready.”

During the 1950s Sisulu travelled the length and breadth of South Africa to solicit support for the resistance campaign and addressed numerous meetings. Among the places he visited were Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. He was elected with Yusuf Cachalia, of the Transvaal Indian Congress (TIC), as joint secretary of the National Action Council that courted volunteers for the Defiance Campaign. Walter also partnered with Nana Sitha and together they led the Defiance Campaign, which saw scores of volunteers sent to prison.

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