Rabble-Rouser for Peace: The Authorized Biography of Desmond Tutu by John AllenDesmond Tutu was the spiritual leader of a peaceful resistance to the Apartheid government in South Africa. I have respected his actions and have often considered him a person to look to in violent situations for a different approach to that violence. This book was a biography of Tutu. I thought that the book had valuable information, but the chapters were very long and there was an extreme amount of detail, that I did not find necessary. I appreciated the authors desire to tell all of Tutus life, but at times it was a little dry. I particularly appreciated the chapter pertaining to the TRC (the second to last chapter in the book). I felt this was the climax of the book, and was my favorite chapter. The life of Desmond Tutu is quite amazing, the writing of his life left a little to be desired.
An Introduction to Desmond Tutu
15 Things You Didn’t Know About Desmond Tutu
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Desmond Tutu established a career in education before turning to theology, ultimately becoming one of the world's most prominent spiritual leaders. During the s, he played an almost unrivaled role in drawing national and international attention to the iniquities of apartheid, and in , he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. He later chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and has continued to draw attention to a number of social justice issues over the years. His father was an elementary school principal and his mother worked cooking and cleaning at a school for the blind. The South Africa of Tutu's youth was rigidly segregated, with black Africans denied the right to vote and forced to live in specific areas. Although as a child Tutu understood that he was treated worse than white children based on nothing other than the color of his skin, he resolved to make the best of the situation and still managed a happy childhood. I mean, we made toys for ourselves with wires, making cars, and you really were exploding with joy!
Desmond Tutu was a South African Anglican archbishop who is known for his opposition to apartheid in South Africa , for which he received the Nobel Prize for Peace in In he was named head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission , which investigated allegations of human rights abuses during the apartheid era.
In the s Archbishop Desmond Tutu born became South Africa's most prominent opponent of apartheid, that country's system of racial discrimination. The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize of to Desmond Mpilo Tutu made him the most visible representative of the struggle in the Republic of South Africa against apartheid, the system by which the minority white population of South Africa dominated the black majority until It allowed whites, who constituted 20 percent of the population, to reserve for themselves about 87 percent of the land, most natural resources, and all meaningful political power. Blacks who found themselves in lands reserved for whites were arbitrarily made citizens of one of ten homelands, which the white government but virtually no one else called nations. In order to remove Blacks from areas reserved for whites, the government forcibly evicted many from their homes, though their families had in some cases occupied them for decades.