U.S Consul General visits Luthuli Museum

2018-06-20 06:01
Luthuli Museum board members and US consul general Sherry Sykes (far right) plant a tree outside the museum.

Luthuli Museum board members and US consul general Sherry Sykes (far right) plant a tree outside the museum.

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THE United States of America Consul General for Durban visited the Luthuli Museum in Groutville on Friday, June 8 as part of the 52nd anniversary since then senator Robert Kennedy visited Chief Albert Luthuli at his home.

The consul’s visit was also aimed at strengthening relations between South Africa and the United States of America. Attending the event were members of the Luthuli family, students from the Elangeni College who were guests of honour and staff of the consulate’s office.

Consul General Sherry Sykes said they were here to learn and share with South Africans.

“As we know that June 8 has significance to both the American and South African people as two of the greatest leaders of that time met under extreme circumstances of the Apartheid regime back in 1966 and the day will have forever changed the course of history,” said Sykes.

The dignitaries from both countries exchanged ideas during a dialogue which involved students from Elangeni College. Discussed were issues that are affecting the youth of South Africa and how a developed country can play a role in eradicating those challenges.

Speaking on behalf of the Luthuli family and as a host Dr Albertina Luthuli said it’s very important that we revisit the state of relations between the two countries.

“It was during the height of the struggle where Kennedy’s visit took place and he defied the odds when he demanded that he wanted to meet with the outspoken leader of the natives at that time, Chief Luthuli who was the first Nobel Peace Prize winner. Robert Kennedy brought hope when the country was covered by a black cloud so we need to produce people like that from time to time,” she said.

Also at the gathering, the youth were urged to equip themselves with knowledge and know about the history of their past.

They were also informed about initiatives by the US government in South Africa like the Accelerated Growth Opportunities Act ( AGOA) which has about a 1000 programmes in the country.

The delegation then went to plant a tree where Chief Luthuli and Kennedy sat while having their meeting 52 years ago.

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