Yesterday, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke for the Ecumenical Caucus at the World Conference Against Racism. TheEcumenical Caucus, which has been meeting throughout the conference, includes of delegations from the World Councilof Churches, South Africa Council of Churches, the Lutheran World Federation, the United Methodist Church (U.S.), theUnited Church of Christ (U.S.), the Presbyterian Church (U.S.), and others.
The Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu is internationally renowned for his non-violent campaign against the apartheidgovernment of South Africa.
In 1975, he was appointed Anglican Dean of Johannesburg, the first black person ever appointed to that position. In1984, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of his nonviolent campaign to limit international tradeand investment in South Africa. He established the Southern African Refugee Scholarship Fund with his Nobel PeacePrize Fund.
The Archbishop has also received dozens of honorary doctorates and peace from all over the world. His publicationsinclude “Crying in the Wilderness”, “Hope and Suffering” and “The Rainbow People of God”.
After retiring as Archbishop in 1996 he became Chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in SouthAfrica, and presided over the traumatic revelation of the secrets of apartheid. He has now taken up a position asVisiting Professor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in the USA.
He continues to speak out against injustice and oppression everywhere. Here is what he had to say yesterday, at theWorld Conference Against Racism in Durban.
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu