CONGRATULATIONS to Reverend Desmond Tutu, one of South Africa’s most well-known human rights activists and Nobel Peace Prize (1984) winner for receiving The BrandLaureate Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct 3, 2019.
Born in 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal, South Africa, Archbishop Tutu, also known as “The Arch”, became the first black Anglican Archbishop of both Cape Town and Johannesburg.
In 1955, he married Nomalizo Leah Shenxane and had four children together — Trevor, Theresa, Naomi, and Mpho.
In 1962, he moved to England, where he studied at Kings College London and gained a master’s degree in theology. He also became a part-time curate in St Alban’s and Golders Green.
In 1967, he returned to South Africa and was involved in the anti-apartheid movement, where he felt compelled to take a stand and speak out against injustice.
During the long years that Nelson Mandela was in prison, he spoke out against the regime and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts in resolving and ending apartheid.
Later, Arch was chosen by President Mandela to chair South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and investigate the crimes committed by all sides during the apartheid regime.
He was also the chairman of a group of former World leaders called The Elders, launched on Mandela’s 89th birthday in 2007, to tackle the world’s most pressing problems.
Arch has finally retired from public life since 2010 and has remained a much-loved figure across the world — principally for his role in South Africa’s struggle against apartheid.
Nobel Peace Prize (1984)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009)
Gandhi Peace Prize (2007)
Sydney Peace Prize (1999)
J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding
Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism (1986)
“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”
His efforts are not forgotten. Indeed he is well-deserving of receiving The BrandLaureate Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement Award as an iconic personality, an Academic, a Spiritual Teacher, an Anti-Apartheid Activist, a Socialist and Author.
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