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KWAZULU-NATAL Premier Zweli Mkhize has paid tribute to Reverend William Cullen and his wife Ida Belle Wilcox, the "adoptive" American parents of liberation stalwart John Langalibalele Dube.
Mkhize was speaking in Los Angeles yesterday, where he led a South African delegation to pay tribute to the heroes of the South African liberation struggle, particularly Cullen and Wilcox.
The two had settled outside Durban, in 1881 as missionaries of the American Board of Commissioners.
"The struggle for liberation in South Africa was supported by the people all over the world. This was because of many friends such as Wilcox and others.
"During the difficult days when all legal protests and liberation organisations were outlawed, our struggle survived with the support of the international community," Mkhize said.
The couple became the "adoptive" parents of Dube.
Mkhize said in 1887 they accepted a desperate Zulu mother's plea to take John Dube to America to give him a decent education.
"They honoured this responsibility at a great cost to themselves and to their family," he said.
"They raised and guided John Dube to become one of the most talented leaders in great times of adversity."
A giant well ahead of his time, Dube was an intellectual - a visionary trained at the Orbelin College in Minnesota in the US.
"He was a courageous man who believed in employing education as a tool for political and economic emancipation in the face of brutal dispossession and oppression by the colonial masters of the time," said Mkhize.
His stay in the US coincided with the rise of the spirit of Pan-Africanism, as espoused by many of the African intellectuals and leaders such as Marcus Garvey, WEB du Bois, Kwame Nkrumah, Jomo Kenyatta, Patrice Lumumba, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, and Dube's cousin and African scholar Pixley Seme among others.