Desmond Tutu is a South African social rights campaigner and former Anglican bishop who was the city of Cape Town’s first black Archbishop.
He was a strong advocate for black South Africans’ rights, and he contributed to bringing international attention to South Africa’s deplorable condition of apartheid.
His rise as an outspoken leader in the anti-apartheid struggle, along with his rising worldwide profile, resulted in his receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.
As a result, South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle acquired worldwide backing, and Tutu was raised to the stature of a widely renowned world leader.
Tutu was appointed Bishop of Johannesburg in 1985 and Archbishop of Cape Town the following year, becoming the first black person to hold the highest position in the South African Anglican Church.
After apartheid ended, President Mandela selected him to oversee the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He resigned as Archbishop of Cape Town in 1996.
He worked as a global advocate on issues of democracy, freedom, and human rights after retirement.
Top 10 Desmond Tutu quotes about life
“Inclusive, good-quality education is a foundation for dynamic and equitable societies.”
2. “If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.”
3. “Isn’t it amazing that we are all made in God’s image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?”
4. “But God can only smile because only God can know what is coming next.”
5. “I wish I could shut up, but I can’t, and I won’t.”
6. “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”
7. “We are each made for goodness, love and compassion. Our lives are transformed as much as the world is when we live with these truths.”
8. “People often speak of God being even-handed. God is not even-handed. God is biased, in favor of the weak, of the despised.”
9. “Exclusion is never the way forward on our shared paths to freedom and justice.”
10. “Be nice to whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity.”