🕊️ Rest in Peace Desmond Tutu (1931-2021): a Graceful Human Being with a Legacy of Humanity
#RIPDesmondTutu 🕊️ Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Icon of the fight against apartheid in South Africa, has died today at the age of 90. He is an incredible graceful Human Being with a legacy of humanity.
#RIPAngel 🙏 Desmond Tutu's words of wisdom will stay with us forever. See below some of his most powerful words of courage, peace, and solidarity.
💫 Desmond Tutu's legacy by The Guardian
Tutu was born in October 1931 and ordained an Anglican priest in 1961. He was thrust into the limelight in 1978, when he was appointed secretary-general of the South African Council of Churches.
Excitable, emotional, charismatic and highly articulate, Tutu won the Nobel peace prize in 1984. A vocal supporter of sanctions against South Africa, he was detested by supporters of the apartheid regime, who saw him as an agitator and traitor.
Tutu was however protected not just by his wit and combative spirit but by his immense popularity and respect. In 1986 he was appointed archbishop of Cape Town, the effective head of the Anglican church in his homeland.
After the nation’s first free election in 1994, Nelson Mandela, who had become the president of a free South Africa, asked Tutu to chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the controversial and emotional hearings into apartheid-era human rights abuses.
"Sometimes strident, often tender, never afraid and seldom without humour, Desmond Tutu's voice will always be the voice of the voiceless," is how Mandela, who died in December 2013, described his friend.
Tutu, who retired from most public duties in October 2010, is still seen as a voice of integrity. "The Arch", as he is affectionately known, will be remembered as one of the leading lights of the struggle against apartheid who was not afraid to condemn injustice wherever he saw it.
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