Desmond Tutu: Fighting Apartheid

Desmond Tutu: Fighting Apartheid

by Samuel Willard Crompton
     
 

Cleric and civil rights activist Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for being, according to the Nobel committee, "a unifying leader figure in the campaign to resolve the problem of apartheid in South Africa...." Born in 1931 and educated in South Africa and London, Tutu was ordained an Anglican priest in 1960 and named a bishop in 1977. The first… See more details below

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Cleric and civil rights activist Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for being, according to the Nobel committee, "a unifying leader figure in the campaign to resolve the problem of apartheid in South Africa...." Born in 1931 and educated in South Africa and London, Tutu was ordained an Anglican priest in 1960 and named a bishop in 1977. The first black general secretary of the South African Council of Churches, Tutu preached tirelessly against apartheid and for reconciliation between people of all races in South Africa. He was named bishop of Johannesburg in 1984 and became the first black archbishop of Cape Town in 1986. After apartheid ended, he was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to head the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which investigated the human rights violations that took place under apartheid.

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Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
This is a straightforward biography of the life and times of Bishop Tutu. His middle class family assured him an education. As a teenager, he contracted tuberculosis. The treatment left his right hand partially paralyzed. During this time he was visited by Father Huddleston, an Anglican priest, who became an important influence. Tutu later studied theology in South Africa and London and was ordained an Anglican priest. On the sidelines of the freedom movement while he moved up the ladder of the Anglican Church, he became influential as Archbishop of Johannesburg. He preached for the reconciliation of all people and was not afraid to wade into conflict to protect anyone set upon. As the first black to become general secretary of the South African Council of Churches, he worked to build relationships and overcome apartheid. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. When Nelson Mandela became the new President of South Africa, he appointed Bishop Tutu to head the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which allowed people to confess their terrible deeds under apartheid and be forgiven. The text is broken up by photographs and short informative essays such as "History of the Nobel Peace Prize" and "American-South African Relations." A timeline, notes, lists for further information, and an index are included. This is a great book for young adult libraries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791092217
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Series:
Modern Peacemakers Series
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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