Desmond Tutu

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The Most Rev. Dr. Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town

Archbishop Tutu
Religion Christian
Denomination Anglican
Office Archbishop
Date of birth 7 October 1931 (1931-10-07) (age 83)
Place of birth Klerksdorp, South Africa
Nationality South African
Province Anglican Church of Southern Africa
Began 1986
Ended 1996
Predecessor Dr. P.W.R. Russell
Successor Dr. Njongonkulu Ndungane
Other posts Bishop of Lesotho
Bishop of Johannesburg
Archbishop of Cape Town
Titles/honors Nobel Peace Prize
Known for Fighting apartheid
Website www.tutu.org
This person won a Nobel Prize

Archbishop Desmond Tutu (born 7 October 1931) is a South African social rights activist. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his work fighting apartheid in South Africa. He was the first Anglican archbishop in Cape Town.

Early life[change | change source]

Tutu was born in Klerksdorp, Transvaal. When Tutu was twelve he moved with his family to Johannesburg. Tutu wanted to become a doctor. His family could not afford to send him to medical school, so Tutu studied at the Pretoria Bantu Normal College to become a teacher. He taught at Johannesburg Bantu High School and at Munsienville High School in Mogale City.

Personal life[change | change source]

Tutu married Nomalizo Leah Shenxane on 2 July 1955. In 1975 he moved into what is now known as Tutu House in Soweto.