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Tutu, Desmond Mpilo

Born: 1931 AD
Currently alive, at 83 years of age.

Nationality: African
Categories: Clergymen


1931 - Born in Klerksdorp, Transvaal on the 7th of October.

1951-1953 - Tutu studied at the Pretoria Bantu Normal College and went on to teach at Johannesburg Bantu High School.

1955 - He has been married to Leah Nomalizo.

1960 - He continued his studies, this time in theology and was ordained as an Anglican priest.

1962 - Tutu left his post as chaplain and travelled to King's College London.

1967 - He returned to Southern Africa and used his lectures to highlight the circumstances of the African population.

1970 - Tutu lectured at the National University of Lesotho.

1972 - Tutu returned to the UK, where he was appointed vice-director of the Theological Education Fund of the World Council of Churches, at Bromley in Kent.

1984 - On the 16th of October, Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1986 - Tutu became the first black person to lead the Anglican Church in South Africa on the 7th of September.

1987 - Tutu was awarded the Pacem in Terris Award.

1989 - He was invited to Birmingham, England, United Kingdom as part of Citywide Christian Celebrations.

1998 - He was also the inaugural speaker at the first annual University of Alberta Visiting Lectureship in Human Rights in November.

1999 - He headed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, for which he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize.

2000 - Tutu received an honourary doctor of laws degree from the University of Alberta.

         - Tutu spoke at Hamilton College and received a L.H.D. from Bates College.

2004 - On the 17th of March, Tutu visited Marymount to accept Marymount University's 2004 Ethics Award.

2005 - Tutu received an honorary degree from the University of North Florida, one of the many universities in North America and Europe where he has taught.

         - Tutu was named a Doctor of Humane Letters at Fordham University in The Bronx.

2006 - Tutu was named a Doctor of Public Service at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where he was also the commencement speaker.

         - On the 30th of November, Tutu was appointed as the lead to a High-Level Fact-Finding Mission mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council into the Israeli military operations which led to civilian deaths in Beit Hanoun.


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