Desmond Tutu

By: Brianna Pierce

Timeline of Desmond Tutu

1961- Tutu is ordained as a Anglican Priest

1975- Tutu becomes the first black Anglican dean of St.Mary's Cathedral

1978- Appointed as the first black General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches

1984- Desmond becomes the second South African to win the Nobel Peace Prize for his works of ending apartheid.

1998- Tutu establishes the Desmond Tutu Peace Trust

2009- Tutu is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barrack Obama.

2012- Desmond releases a book called "Desmond and the very mean World."

Early Life

On October 7, 1931 Desmond Mpilo Tutu was born, he was a well respected son, and enjoyed bringing piece to people around him. His mother herself said "My son is a peacekeeper, he loves all people, no matter light of skin, or negro, he cares." Later on in 1955 he marries Leah Nomalizo Shenxane, the year before and a few years following Desmonds marriage he taught at a school, but then resigns because of government restrictions on education for black children.

Later Life

In 1965 Tutu was ordained as an Anglican Priest, following this in 1975 Tutu became the first African American appointed Anglican dean of St. Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg. 1978 Tutu also becomes the the first black General Secretary of the South African Councils of Churches. Followed by this in 1986 Tutu becomes the Archbishop of Cape Town, becoming the head of the Anglican Church of South Africa, Bostwana, Namibia, Swaizland, and Lesotho. 1995 He leads the truth a Reconciliation Commission.

"He was a kind man, and a tamed soul."