Archbishop Desmond Tutu Dies

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his opposition to racial discrimination (apartheid) in South Africa, has died.

  • As South Africa’s first Black Anglican archbishop, Tutu lobbied for sanctions against the White-minority government. He led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, aimed at exposing the injustices of the past, from 1996 to 1998.
  • Born on 7th October, 1931, in Klerksdorp, west of Johannesburg, Tutu worked as a teacher before entering a theological seminary.
  • In 1961, he was ordained as an Anglican priest. He obtained a master’s degree in theology at King’s College, University of London, and in 1975 was appointed Dean of Johannesburg, the first Black person to hold the post.