Political Power – Wm. King, 25 of 28

The Elgin Settlement at Buxton.
The Elgin Settlement at Buxton.

“When I came into the Township (Raleigh) very few of the coloured people had votes. The greater part of them were without the property necessary to qualify them for voting, and some who had property were not naturalized, so their voice was not heard ini the politics of the country. Three years residence was necessary to qualify them for naturalization, so in the third year of the settlement I collected all the sttlers of 21 years of age who had been three years in the Province and had them naturalized. I found in our own settlement 300 over 21 who had the property qualification to vote when naturalized. At the next election for Parliament, Mr. McKellar, who had proved himself a warm friend of the settlement and of the coloured people opposed Mr. Larwill, who had been a bitter enemy of both. The settlement gave 300 solid votes for Mr. McKellar and he went into Parliament by a majority of 800. From that time forward all opposition both to me and the Coloured people ceased, they were now clothed with political power and rising fast both in a social and moral point of view.” Pg 95 of Autobiography of Rev. William King.

“Having a say” in big matters is such an important part of health. I invite you to reflect on a time when you witnessed someone “having a say” in big matters.

1 thought on “Political Power – Wm. King, 25 of 28

  1. I will never forget seeing on the TV the long, long line of people voting for the first time in post-aparteid South Africa. I think of that every time I vote.

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