Historic day: Tutu appointed 1st black Anglican Bishop of Joburg

Historic day: Tutu appointed 1st black Anglican Bishop of Joburg

On this day 35 years ago, Desmond Tutu became the first black person to be appointed and ordained as an Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg.

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On 3 February, 1985, Desmond Mpilo Tutu made history when he became the first black Anglican Bishop of Joburg.

The historic appointment came only a month after he won the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, according to South African History Online.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace for his stance against the previous regime.

Briefly.co.za gathered Tutu was elected the archbishop of Cape Town only a year later, which meant he was the head of the Anglican Church that boasts with an impressive 1.6 million membership in Mzansi.

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Because his appointments as both bishop and archbishop came before 1994, Tutu used the powerful position to oppose the previous regime's system.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported on another historic event that took place on this day. On this day in 1992, former president FW de Klerk and African National Congress leader, Nelson Mandela, were jointly awarded the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize at the UNESCO headquarters in France.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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