The Words of Desmond Tutu

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HarperCollins, 1989 - History - 112 pages
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With the winning of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, Desmond Tutu joined Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mother Teresa as on of the great inspirational leaders of our age. Chosen and introduced by his daughter Naomi, the over 100 selections from his speeches, sermons, and writings collected here explore topics such as: faith and social responsibility, nuclear disarmament, the Church’s role in resisting oppression, family, the Third World, and women in the Church. Also included is a chronology of Tutu’s life, illuminating his tireless work on behalf of blacks under Apartheid, and the full text of the Archbishop’s acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Here are excerpts from Bishop Tutu's speeches, sermons, and writings, nearly half being published for the first time. As his daughter's introduction stresses, themes of faith and community predominate ... Read full review

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About the author (1989)

Desmond Tutu was born October 7, 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal, South Africa. He attended Johannesburg Bantu High School. After leaving school he trained first as a teacher at Pretoria Bantu Normal College and graduated in 1954 from the University of South Africa. After three years as a high school teacher he began to study theology, and was ordained as a priest in 1960. From 1962 to 1966 Tutu devoted his time to further theological study in England at King's College, eventually earning a Master's of Theology. From 1967 to 1972 he taught theology in South Africa before returning to England for three years as the assistant director of a theological institute in London. In 1975 he was appointed Dean of St. Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg, the first black to hold that position. From 1976 to 1978 he was Bishop of Lesotho, and in 1978 became the first black General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 15, 1984 for his role in the opposition to apartheid in South Africa. He was then elected Archbishop of Cape Town in April of 1986, the highest position in the South African Anglican Church. Tutu is also an honorary doctor of various universities in the USA, Britain and Germany. He is the author of the best seller, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, with the Dalai Lama XIV and Douglas Carlton Abrams.

Naomi Tutu is the founder and Chairperson of the Tutu Foundation for Development and Relief in Southern Africa, founded in 1985. She speaks frequently on South African issues to schools, churches, and universities all over the United States.

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