Memphis, TN, December 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The National Civil Rights Museum mourns the loss of world leader and 1992 Freedom Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Tutu became Johannesburg’s first black Anglican dean in 1975, Bishop of Johannesburg in 1985, and Archbishop of Cape Town in 1986. Under his vigorous leadership, the Church of South Africa plunged into political struggle.
He was chosen by President Mandela to chair South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to investigate crimes committed by all parties during the apartheid system to facilitate the government’s transition to a democratic nation . In 1984 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his pursuit of a non-violent end to apartheid. He was praised not only for his moral conscience, but also for his socio-political sense.
After apartheid, the Archbishop challenged social issues, including discrimination against homosexuals, the fight against the HIV / AIDS pandemic and international war crimes. Tutu also spoke out to encourage free trade with the poorest countries and affordable access to anti-AIDS drugs.
He received the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom from US President Barack Obama. Even after his retirement in 2010, he remained engaged in human rights issues such as poverty eradication, LGBTQ rights and climate change.
The world has lost a champion of truth and reconciliation, a mighty warrior in the struggle for justice.
Our lives are forever changed by his joyful goodwill, kindness and daring empathy. Rest well, Monsignor Tutu, good and faithful servant. Thank you for your purest forms of love in action.
Bishop Desmond Tutu
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