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Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Nobel Laureate & Human Rights Activist
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Biography

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a world-renowned human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Beginning with his opposition to apartheid in South Africa, he has worked tirelessly to spread peace, justice, and democracy and to end racial divisions throughout the world.

His faith in and commitment to the peaceful destiny of South Africa earned Archbishop Tutu the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize. He served for years as his country's voice of conscience during its long struggle against apartheid. When that battle was finally won, Archbishop Tutu took the lead in ministering to the nation's wounds. His findings as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission marked a significant step in South Africa's healing process, as well as an international reminder of the commitment to the pursuit of freedom and justice. He is also chairman of The Elders, a nonpartisan group of influential global statesmen, which speaks out against ongoing injustice and works for positive change.

Archbishop Tutu's unshakable faith that humanity was created for good in God's image is chronicled in his book Made for Goodness, co-written with daughter Mpho. Highlighting his ministry and activism experiences, the book imparts a message of realizing the goodness in ourselves and others in pursuing a fulfilled life.

In 2009, President Obama awarded Archbishop Tutu the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest civilian honor - for his significant contributions to the nation and the world. In 2013, he was awarded the Templeton Prize for his lifelong work in advancing spiritual principles. The Archbishop's great friend Nelson Mandela perfectly sums up his legacy: "Sometimes strident, often tender, never afraid, and seldom without humor."

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Topics

Crying in the Wilderness: The Struggle for Justice in South Africa

His faith in the peaceful destiny of South Africa and his commitment to that destiny earned Archbishop Tutu the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize. For years he served as his country’s voice of conscience during its long struggle against apartheid. When that struggle was finally won, he took the first steps, as Chairman of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to minister to the ugly wounds it left behind.

Bridging the Chasm Between Black & White

On October 29, 1998 the commission submitted its initial report to President Nelson Mandela, marking a significant step in the nation’s healing process, as well as an international reminder of the commitment to the pursuit of freedom and justice.

Africa's Rebirth

The Hunger for Transcendence: The Search for Spiritual Values in Today's World

The Power of Unity & the Importance of Goodness in Business

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