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W&M Professor stirs up inspiration from a forgotten South African leader at Reves Room Reading

W&M Professor stirs up inspiration from a forgotten South African leader at Reves Room Reading

Professor Trent Vinson had only one bad thing to say about Africa’s first Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Luthuli: “He has bad handwriting.”

About 40 people, including deans, professors and students, filled the Reves Room as Professor Trent Vinson passionately recounted the life of forgotten South African human rights leader Albert Luthuli Thursday night.

Like many, Vinson knew little of the man about whom he would write his most recent book: “Albert Luthuli: Mandela Before Mandela.”

His editor asked him to take a few months and write a short book on the activist. But after discovering his personal papers, which had been smuggled into the U.S and kept secret, he went...

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