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About Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu

Life: 1931 - ?

Country: za flag South-Africa

Profession: Activist; Religious Figure;

Desmond Mpilo Tutu (born 7 October 1931) is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. Tutu was elected and ordained the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, and primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa). He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, and the Magubela prize for liberty in 1986. He is committed to stopping global AIDS and has served as the honorary chairman for the Global AIDS Alliance. In February 2007 he was awarded Gandhi Peace Prize by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, president of India. He was generally credited with coining the term Rainbow Nation as a metaphor for post-apartheid South Africa after 1994 under African National Congress rule. The expression has since entered mainstream consciousness to describe South Africa's ethnic diversity.



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A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.

~ Desmond Tutu

Be nice to the whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity.

~ Desmond Tutu

Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.

~ Desmond Tutu

Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

~ Desmond Tutu

I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.

~ Desmond Tutu

For goodness sake, will they hear, will white people hear what we are trying to say? Please, all we are asking you to do is to recognize that we are humans, too.

~ Desmond Tutu

Without forgiveness, there's no future.

~ Desmond Tutu
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