Kader Asmal recalls early influences on his life including his father and Albert Lutuli Nobel Peace Prize winner.
South African born Kader Asmal founder of the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Trinity College Dublin has become a leading campaigner for democracy in South Africa.
His father was a powerful influence always encouraging him to do what was right. Although formally illiterate, he gave Kader books about the colonial struggles in Algeria and Ireland. By the age of twelve, he had read James Connolly's Labour in Irish History.
Kader Asmal was also greatly influenced by Albert Lutuli, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize of African heritage. Albert Lutuli saw what unites people is stronger than what divides them a revolutionary notion in South Africa at the time.
At the age of thirteen years old Kader Asmal experienced blatant racism for the first time when he was refused service in a village shop, which had a separate section for black people.
It hit me in a way nothing else had hit me before.
This episode of 'Hanly's People' was broadcast on 19 November 1989. The presenter is David Hanly.