Sub-subject: Desmond Tutu (Anglican, South Africa). Syllabus:
Sample of the sub-subject: Desmond Tutu - world leader of Peace:
Sub-Subject Description: Desmond Tutu
He was the first black archbishop of Cape Town and Bishop of the Church of the Province of South Africa (now Anglican Church of Southern Africa).
“If you remain neutral when injustice reigns, your way is that of the oppressor.”
In 1976, the protests in Soweto, against the use by the Government of Afrikaans Language as a compulsory medium of instruction in black schools became a massive uprising against apartheid. From then, Tutu supported an economic boycott.
“When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible while Africans were owners of the land. They invited us to pray, and we close our eyes.
When we woke up; they possessed the land, and the Africans had the Bible.” Desmond Tutu
US and British companies, the main investors in South Africa, began a phase of disinvestments, which resulted in an increase in unemployment but also a collapse of 35% of the Rand, which pressured the Government to initiate reforms. In parallel, Tutu organised a peaceful demonstration of over 30,000 people in Cape Town.
Tutu was Bishop of Lesotho from 1976 to 1978, continuing his struggle against apartheid based on non-violence (Ahimsa) and actively advocating for reconciliation between all parties involved in apartheid.
Desmond Tutu actively fought against Apartheid, and since the fall of this; he is an active fighter in the defence of human rights, the struggle against AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism…
He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986.
The fifteenth Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, two Nobel Peace Prizes, met in Canada in 2004.