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Tribute to Desmond Tutu: Champion of Racial Justice

Updated: Dec 27, 2021

-Pradeep Pariyar Thapa

Updated: Tribute: South Africa’s one of the foremost champions of racial justice, civil rights and equality, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 90, passes away leaving his legacy behind inspiring the world.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu fought for racial justice along with Nelson Mandela and others against Apartheid (1948-1991) in South Africa which went through a painful history when vast majority black people faced segregation, torture and killings from minority white government.

Archbishop Tutu was honored with Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his enduring fight against Apartheid system in South Africa. U.S. President Barack Obama fittingly awarded him with Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

United States President Joe Biden says, “…Desmond Tutu followed his spiritual calling to create a better, freer, and more equal world. His legacy transcends borders and will echo throughout the ages.”

Archbishop Tutu had always advocated for the people of Africa not only as preacher of Christianity but as pioneering leader of freedom, dignity and justice. Archbishop Tutu’s one famous quote resonates to world over, “When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”

The world will not forget his legacy and moral values for generations to come.



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