Speech given at Howard University as part of a program honoring Eduardo Mondlane, the President of FRELIMO who was assassinated on February 3, 1969. The speech says Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane belonged to a tradition of strong and visionary leadership that emerged out of the circumstances of Portuguese colonial rule. The speech says it was a stream that included: Amilcar Cabral; Lucio Lara; Mario de Andrade; Agostinho Neto; Marcelino dos Santos; Samora Machel; Graca Simbine Machel; Jorge Rebelo and Aquino de Braganca. The speech says other flows from the same impressive source(s) included outstanding leadership like Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo, Walter and ‘Ma’ Albertina Sisulu; Ruth Mompati and Chris Hani; Josiah Tongongara (Zimbabwe), Dunduza Chisiza (Malawi) and Andimba Toivo ya Toivo (Namibia). The speech says I will never forget February 3,1969; the whole day is a graphic and overwhelming to me now as it was then; I recall vividly every single second of that day for I was to meet Eduardo that morning to discuss my visiting the liberated zones in Cabo Delgado as a first step to securing on a regular basis books for schools there. The speech discusses FRELIMO, the Mozambique Institute in Dar es Salaam, Paulo Kankhomba, Basil Davidson, Committee for Freedom in Mozambique, Angola and Guine (CFMAG), the British Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM), Ethel deKeyser, American football, the Kilimanjaro Hotel, Walter Rodney, Muhammad Babu, Giovanni Arrighi, John Saul, Agostinho Neto, George Nyandoro, imperialism, colonialism, movements world-wide challenging Western capitalist hegemony, Herbert Shore, a professor, a guerrilla fighter, Allen and Barbara Isaacman, Bill Minter, Edward Hawley, Oberlin College, Warren Avenue Church, black Baptist churches, Rev. Martin Luther King, SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), Mayor Richard Daley, the Northern Civil Rights campaign, Samora Machel, political beliefs, and ideas.
Used by permission of Prexy Nesbitt.
Collection: Private collection of Prexy Nesbitt