Desmond Tutu

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The Most Rev. Dr. Desmond Tutu OMSG CH GCStJ
Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town
Archbishop Tutu
Date of birth(1931-10-07)7 October 1931
Place of birthKlerksdorp, South Africa
Birth nameDesmond Mpilo Tutu
Date of death26 December 2021(2021-12-26) (aged 90)
Place of deathCape Town, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
ProvinceAnglican Church of Southern Africa
PredecessorDr. P.W.R. Russell
SuccessorDr. Njongonkulu Ndungane
Other postsBishop of Lesotho
Bishop of Johannesburg
Archbishop of Cape Town
Titles/honorsNobel Peace Prize
Known forFighting apartheid

Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu (7 October 1931 – 26 December 2021) was a South African social rights activist. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 for his work fighting apartheid in South Africa.[1] He was the first Anglican bishop in Cape Town. He chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission during the 1990s which helped victims of apartheid speak out and seem justice.

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

Desmond Tutu turned 90 in October 2021. He died at a medical center in Cape Town, South Africa on 26 December 2021, aged 90.[2] He was being treated for prostate cancer at the time of his death.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Nobel Peace Prize 1984". Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  2. "South African anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Tutu dies aged 90". Reuters. 26 December 2021. Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  3. Berger, Marilyn (26 December 2021). "Desmond Tutu, Whose Voice Helped Slay Apartheid, Dies at 90". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 26 December 2021.