Archbishop Desmond Tutu dies | Sunday Observer

Archbishop Desmond Tutu dies

9 January, 2022

Desmond Tutu was a South African religious leader. He fought against the country’s apartheid laws and his protests helped to bring an end to them. Apartheid laws kept blacks separate from whites. In 1984, Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.

Desmond Mpilo Tutu was born on October 7, 1931, in Klerksdorp, South Africa. His father was a schoolteacher. Tutu graduated from the University of South Africa in 1954.

First, Tutu worked as a teacher for three years. Then he went back to college to study religion. In 1961, he became a priest in the Anglican church. He then taught religion in South Africa and Lesotho, another South African country.

Between 1972 and 1975 Tutu lived and worked in Great Britain for a Christian group called the World Council of Churches. Then he returned to Africa to serve the Anglican church.

Between 1978 and 1985 Tutu led the South African Council of Churches. During this time he frequently made nonviolent protests against apartheid laws.

The apartheid system made life hard for blacks. They did not have the same rights as the whites.

In 1986, Desmond Tutu became Archbishop (the top rank in the Anglican church) of Cape Town, South Africa. He was the first black to hold this job.

In 1988, Tutu also became Chancellor (President) of the University of the Western Cape in Bellville, South Africa. He continued to protest against apartheid.

Apartheid finally ended in the early 1990s.

In 1995 Tutu led a committee that investigated the crimes of apartheid. He retired as Archbishop in 1996, but he continued to teach. Tutu died on December 26, 2021, in Cape Town.