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Chatham House Webinar: African Liberation - The Historical and Contemporary Significance of Re-discovered Nationalist Speeches at Chatham House of Dr Eduardo Mondlane and Oliver Tambo
HE Nyeleti Mondlane, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Action, Maputo
HE Nomatemba Tambo, South African High Commissioner to the UK, London
Discussant: Dr. Rozell Nesbitt, Presidential Fellow in Peace Studies, Chapman University, California
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Director, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Two forgotten speeches at Chatham House in 1968 and 1985 by African nationalist leaders Dr Eduardo Mondlane and Oliver Tambo at key moments of their liberation struggle for majority rule will be re-examined for their significance by their daughters and “Prexy” Nesbitt.

When Dr Eduardo Mondlane delivered his speech outlining his argument for an independent and socialist Mozambique he did so as FRELIMO's President and at a time of heightened tensions with Portugal, his country’s colonizers. By the time Oliver Tambo visited Chatham House in 1985 it was ten years after Mozambique gained its independence and nine before the end of apartheid in South Africa. Tambo told his audience, in a speech that is being published for the first time, that his choice was simple – submit or fight.

The arguments outlined by Mondlane and Tambo demonstrate that whilst there may have been change in the intervening decades – in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement, too much has not changed. The speakers at this event will offer their professional and personal insights into the remarks of their respective fathers in a historical and contemporary context.

The discussant will draw on his knowledge of, and personal relationships with, Mondlane, who he was with when he was assassinated, and Tambo, as well as other leading liberation and civic rights leaders from the past fifty years which he worked closely with including Nelson Mandela and Dr Martin Luther King.

This event is organized by Chatham House in partnership with The Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation and UNESCO.

Jul 10, 2020 01:00 PM in London

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