Nearly 8,000 Africans attended the public meeting called by African National Congress to protect against the failure of the new Constitution in the territory to work satisfactorily to European and African alike.
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Background: Nearly 8,000 Africans attended the public meeting called by African National Congress to protect against the failure of the new Constitution in the territory to work satisfactorily to European and African alike.
There were delegates from all over the territory and several Europeans were among the audience - most unusual for any A.N.C. meeting.
Sitting under the sack-cloth awning among African nationalist leaders is Miss Elspeth Huxley (close up) who is on a "fact-finding" tour. She is sitting between Mr. Richard Hall, Managing Editor of Northern Rhodesia Information Department Publications, and Mrs. Hall.
During the course of the meeting a petition to be presented the Governor, Sir Arthur Benson, was read by the General-Secretary of African National Congress, Mr. Titus Mukupo. It demands immediate self-government and independence for the Africans in Northern Rhodesia.
The first speaker on the film is Mr Mukupo.
During the speech of Mr. Mainza Choma, only African solicitor in the Territory, there was a slight hitch when a european police officer stopped the speaker while the tape in the police recording van was changed. All A.N.C. public speeches are recorded.
The crowd was restive and might have started an unpleasant demonstration but for the restraint of the leaders and the timely entry of the Congress Freedom Choir who parodied the situation in an extemporary calypso.
The African lawyer was followed on the rostrum by Mr Harry Nkumbula, Member of the legislative Council and President of African National Congress in Northern Rhodesia.
During the afternoon hundreds thronged to make a contribution to Congress funds (close up) while others milled round the specially decorated vanette in which the petition was to be carried to the Governor the next day.
On Monday, April 13th, the petition was taken to the Secretariat by Mr Harry Nkumbula, Mr Titus Mukupo and other Congress officials. They drove up in the vanette followed by several other vehicles packed with supporters.
Led by Mr Nkumbula the party entered the Secretariat and presented the petition to a senior official of the Chief Secretary's Division, who gave an undertaking that he wold pass it on to the Governor.
Tuesday interview self-explanatory.