South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid

Trevor Huddleston

(June 15, 1913 - April 20, 1998)

Anglican churchman and human rights campaigner, born in 1913 in Bedford, England. A member of the community of the Resurrection he ministered to the black people of Transvaal (now Gauteng) townships between 1943 and 1956. He wrote passionately of the human misery that accompanied the force removal programme at Sophiatown, a Johannesburg suburb later renamed Triomf (this added insult to grievous injury), notably in his book Naught for your Comfort (1956). He later left South Africa for Britain; he also served as chairman of the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM). In 1987 he organised the Harare conference, which brought together leaders of the South African Liberation Movement. Huddleston returned to South Africa in the mid-1990s, intending to spend his last years in the country, but decided to go to Britain shortly afterwards. In 1955, along with Chief Albert Luthuli and Dr. Yusuf Dadoo, Huddleston became the first recipient of the Isitwalandwe/Seaparankoe, the highest award given by the ANC to people who have made an outstanding contribution to the liberation struggle of South Africa.

This biography is from South African History Online. Used by permission. 
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