Some remember Father Huddlestone as the man who gave Bra Hugh Masekela his first trumpet. Some remember him as man of the cloth and a community activist.Some remember him as one of the men who were at the forefront of publicising the anti-apartheied struggle and it's conditions to the international world.It is fitting that in this month whereby we celebrate our freedom we do a profile on him courtesy of the people at the Trevor Huddlestone Memorial Centre.
Father Trevor Huddleston was born before the First World War 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 Inkosi Albert Luthuli and Dr. Yusuf Dadoo, Huddleston became the first recipient of the Isitwalandwe/Seaparankwe, the highest award given by the ANC to people who have made an outstanding contribution to the liberation struggle of South Africa.