Desmond Tutu

Tutu, Desmond Mpilo

Desmond Mpilo Tutu, 1931–, South African religious leader. Educated in South Africa and London and ordained in 1961, he became (1975) the first black Anglican dean of Johannesburg. As general secretary of the South African Council of Churches (1978–84) he was an outspoken campaigner against apartheid, and he was awarded (1984) the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent advocacy of reform. In 1986 he became the first black to be elected archbishop of Cape Town (the Anglican primate of South Africa); he served in the post until 1996. Tutu remained active in South Africa's political affairs, at times criticizing the nation's postapartheid political leadership on a number of issues, and headed (1996–2003) the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was responsible for investigating human-rights abuses during the apartheid era. Tutu also has been a critic of Zimbabwe's President Mugabe and of the reluctance of other African leaders to criticize Mugabe's repressive regime. In 2013 he was awarded the Templeton Prize.

See his The Book of Forgiving (2014, with his daughter, M. Tutu).

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Desmond Tutu: Selected full-text books and articles

Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu: Living Icons of Reconciliation By de Klerk, B. J The Ecumenical Review, Vol. 55, No. 4, October 2003
Desmond Tutu By Jaffrey, Zia The Progressive, Vol. 62, No. 2, February 1998
An Available Instrument of Subversion By Tutu, Desmond, Archbishop UN Chronicle, Vol. 35, No. 4, Winter 1998
Apartheid Is a Heresy By Charles Villa-Vicencio; John W De Gruchy William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1983
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "Christianity and Apartheid" by Desmond Tutu
Religion and Resistance Politics in South Africa By Lyn S. Graybill Praeger Publishers, 1995
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "Bishop Desmond Tutu and the United Democratic Front"
An African Athens: Rhetoric and the Shaping of Democracy in South Africa By Philippe-Joseph Salazar Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2002
Librarian's tip: Chap. 1 "Desmond Tutu: The Oratorical Link"
The Art of Peace: Nobel Peace Laureates Discuss Human Rights, Conflict and Reconciliation By José Ramos-Horta; Jeffrey Hopkins Snow Lion Publications, 2000
Librarian's tip: "Archbishop Desmond Tutu: South Africa" begins on p. 93
Philosophers and Religious Leaders By Christian D. Von Dehsen Oryx Press, 1999
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Desmond Tutu begins on p. 189
Forgiving the Unforgivable By Ferrari, Frank Commonweal, Vol. 124, No. 15, September 12, 1997
Desmond Tutu: 'There's "Life" after Prostate Cancer By Cheers, D. Michael Ebony, Vol. 53, No. 4, February 1998
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