- On this day in history, Tutu received one of his many international awards
- He was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Non-Violence
- This was for his role in non-violent anti-apartheid protests
On this day 34 years ago, Archbishop Desmond Tutu received the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Non-Violence. This award was presented to him for his commitment and role during the struggle against apartheid. The ANC took to their Twitter page to pay their respects to the struggle icon.
Desmond Mpilo Tutu is a South African Anglican cleric and theologian known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist.
He trained as a teacher and married Nomalizo Leah. In 1960, he was ordained as an Anglican priest and in 1962 moved to the United Kingdom to study theology.
He returned to South Africa in 1966. From 1978 to 1985 he was general-secretary of the South African Council of Churches, emerging as one of South Africa's most prominent anti-apartheid activists. As an activist he stressed non-violent protest and foreign economic pressure to bring about universal suffrage.
After President FW de Klerk released Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990 and the pair led negotiations to end apartheid, Tutu assisted as a mediator. He chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past human rights abuses committed by both pro and anti-apartheid groups.
He was widely popular among South Africa's black majority, and was internationally praised for his anti-apartheid activism, receiving several other awards including the Nobel Peace Prize.
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