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Desmond Tutu, South African equality activist, dies at 90


  • FILE - Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, March 21, 2003. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died at the age of 90, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced.


    FILE – Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, March 21, 2003. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died at the age of 90, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu addresses new University of Oklahoma graduates, at a ceremony at the university after he received a honorary degree, Tuesday April 25, 2000 in Norman, Okla.  Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died at the age of 90, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced.


    FILE – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu addresses new University of Oklahoma graduates, at a ceremony at the university after he received a honorary degree, Tuesday April 25, 2000 in Norman, Okla. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died at the age of 90, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu takes part in a Mass to celebrate four decades of episcopal ministry at a special thanksgiving Mass at St Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg, July 20, 2016. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died at the age of 90, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced.


    FILE – Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu takes part in a Mass to celebrate four decades of episcopal ministry at a special thanksgiving Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg, July 20, 2016. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died at the age of 90, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - Retiring Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu, right, greets President Nelson Mandela at a service in Cape Town, Sunday June 23, 1996 held to celebrate the end of Tutu's tenure as leader of the Anglican Church in South Africa. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.


    FILE – Retiring Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu, right, greets President Nelson Mandela at a service in Cape Town, Sunday June 23, 1996 held to celebrate the end of Tutu’s tenure as leader of the Anglican Church in South Africa. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - South African Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu addresses a news conference at the World Conference Against Racism, in Durban, South Africa, Wednesday Sept. 5, 2001. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.


    FILE – South African Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu addresses a news conference at the World Conference Against Racism, in Durban, South Africa, Wednesday Sept. 5, 2001. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - Nobel Peace Laureate, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu reacts during a press conference in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, July 22, 2010. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.


    FILE – Nobel Peace Laureate, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu reacts during a press conference in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, July 22, 2010. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - Anglican Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu, right, with his wife Leah, left, attends a church service in St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, as Tutu celebrates his 90th birthday. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.


    FILE – Anglican Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu, right, with his wife Leah, left, attends a church service in St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, as Tutu celebrates his 90th birthday. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - Archbishop Desmond Tutu stands during his enthronement service at St. Georges Cathedral, in Cape Town, South Africa, Sept. 7, 1986. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.


    FILE – Archbishop Desmond Tutu stands during his enthronement service at St. Georges Cathedral, in Cape Town, South Africa, Sept. 7, 1986. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - South African President F.W. de Klerk left shakes hands with Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Johannesburg, Sept. 14, 1991. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.


    FILE – South African President F.W. de Klerk left shakes hands with Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Johannesburg, Sept. 14, 1991. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmod Tutu, center background, attends his 75th birthday celebrations with former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.


    FILE – Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmod Tutu, center background, attends his 75th birthday celebrations with former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, left, holds a microphone as Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures, as they interact with children at the Tibetan Children's Village School in Dharmsala, India, Thursday, April 23, 2015. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.


    FILE – Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, left, holds a microphone as Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures, as they interact with children at the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Dharmsala, India, Thursday, April 23, 2015. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.
    Associated Press

  • FILE- Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu celebrates his 78th birthday, in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.


    FILE- Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu celebrates his 78th birthday, in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - Truth Commission chairman and Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, right, shakes hands with Former South African President P.W. Botha, left, Thursday, Nov. 21 1996 at the Wilderness, South Africa. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.


    FILE – Truth Commission chairman and Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, right, shakes hands with Former South African President P.W. Botha, left, Thursday, Nov. 21 1996 at the Wilderness, South Africa. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu makes an address at Westminster Abbey in London during the memorial service for the former South African President Nelson Mandela, Monday March 3, 2014. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90. (John Stillwell, Pool Photo via AP, File)


    FILE – South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu makes an address at Westminster Abbey in London during the memorial service for the former South African President Nelson Mandela, Monday March 3, 2014. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90. (John Stillwell, Pool Photo via AP, File)
    Associated Press

  • FILE - Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, center, breaks into dance after renewing his wedding vows to his wife of 60 years, Leah, right, during a service in Soweto, Johannesburg, Aug. 2015. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.


    FILE – Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, center, breaks into dance after renewing his wedding vows to his wife of 60 years, Leah, right, during a service in Soweto, Johannesburg, Aug. 2015. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu waves as he exits his home in Cape Town, South Africa Monday May 6, 2019. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90. (AP Photo, File).


    FILE – Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu waves as he exits his home in Cape Town, South Africa Monday May 6, 2019. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90. (AP Photo, File).
    Associated Press

  • FILE - Britain's Prince Harry, left, looks on as South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu waves at people during his visit to The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.


    FILE – Britain’s Prince Harry, left, looks on as South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu waves at people during his visit to The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - Former Truth And Reconciliation Commissioner (TRC) Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu gestures, during a public debate on the legacy of the TRC. in Cape Town, South Africa, April, 20, 2006. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.


    FILE – Former Truth And Reconciliation Commissioner (TRC) Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu gestures, during a public debate on the legacy of the TRC. in Cape Town, South Africa, April, 20, 2006. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu speaks at the American Center, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Yangon, Myanmar. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.


    FILE – South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu speaks at the American Center, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Yangon, Myanmar. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, right, leads a prayer service in memory of former South African president Nelson Mandela, at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.


    FILE – Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, right, leads a prayer service in memory of former South African president Nelson Mandela, at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu smiles as he celebrates his 86th birthday in Cape Town South Africa, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Tutu, South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.


    FILE – Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu smiles as he celebrates his 86th birthday in Cape Town South Africa, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday Dec. 26, 2021. He was 90.
    Associated Press

  • JOHANNESBURG — Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBT rights and retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday. He was 90.

    An uncompromising foe of apartheid – South Africa’s brutal regime of oppression against the Black majority – Tutu worked tirelessly, though non-violently, for its downfall.

    The buoyant, blunt-spoken clergyman used his pulpit as the first Black bishop of Johannesburg and later Archbishop of Cape Town as well as frequent public demonstrations to galvanize public opinion against racial inequity both at home and globally.

    Tutu’s death on Sunday ‘is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa,’ Ramaphosa said in a statement.

    ‘From the pavements of resistance in South Africa to the pulpits of the world’s great cathedrals and places of worship, and the prestigious setting of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the Arch distinguished himself as a non-sectarian, inclusive champion of universal human rights.’

    Tutu had been hospitalized several times since 2015, after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997. In recent years he and his wife, Leah, lived in a retirement community outside Cape Town.


            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            

     

    Throughout the 1980s – when South Africa was gripped by anti-apartheid violence and a state of emergency giving police and the military sweeping powers – Tutu was one of the most prominent Blacks able to speak out against abuses.

    A lively wit lightened Tutu’s hard-hitting messages and warmed otherwise grim protests, funerals and marches. Short, plucky, tenacious, he was a formidable force, and apartheid leaders learned not to discount his canny talent for quoting apt scriptures to harness righteous support for change.

    The Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 highlighted his stature as one of the world’s most effective champions for human rights, a responsibility he took seriously for the rest of his life.

    With the end of apartheid and South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, Tutu celebrated the country’s multi-racial society, calling it a ‘rainbow nation,’ a phrase that captured the heady optimism of the moment.

            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            





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