DESMOND MPILO TUTU
October 7, 1931-Present
Equal Under God
After witnessing black South Africans suffer from disparities in education and culture for far too long, Desmond Tutu became an advocate for an end to apartheid. He used his continually increasing authority within the Anglican Church to support his anti-apartheid efforts. Additionally, his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 turned his mostly South African based anti-apartheid efforts into an international movement. He was later appointed Archbishop of Cape Townand president of the All Africa Conference of Churches. Upon his appointment, he was given the honor of introducing Nelson Mandela, the first black South African president. The end of apartheid in 1993 was largely due to the efforts of Desmond Tutu.
"We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low."
Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand."
Commitment to Justice
Desmond Tutu's efforts to United all South Africans, both black and white, and to end racial disparities, demonstrated God's original plan for all people to live together in harmony. Man or woman, black or white, we are all loved by God. Desmond Tutu constantly comminucated that message to the people of South Africa and the world. He fought to protect the essential rights of all people, and did so with compassion and respect. These are two crucial principles of the New and Old Law. While his message did not directly correspond with any of the corporal works of mercy, he did provide for the vulnerable men and women who were being taken advantage of in his country.