His Grace Desmond Mpilo Tutu is the Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town and a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
As an Anglican priest he became the General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches in 1978. He called for equal rights for all South Africans and a system of common education. Archbishop Tutu encouraged non-violent resistance to the apartheid regime and advocated for an economic boycott of the country.
A month after winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, Archbishop Tutu was elected the first black Anglican bishop of Johannesburg. In 1986, he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in South Africa.
Archbishop Tutu was appointed Chairman of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission by President Nelson Mandela in 1995 to investigate apartheid-era crimes.
Archbishop Tutu is regarded as an elder world statesman with a major role to play in reconciliation and as a leading moral voice. He has become an icon of hope far beyond the Church and southern Africa.
Throughout his life, he has been known pre-eminently as a spiritual leader caring deeply about the needs of people and about the AIDS epidemic around the world, teaching love and compassion to all.