History and Historiography

Desmond Tutu, Anglican archbishop who helped end apartheid, dead at 90

By Grayson Quay The Week

Desmond Tutu — the South African civil rights campaigner, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and retired Anglican archbishop — died Sunday in Cape Town at the age of 90, Reuters reports.

No cause of death was provided, but according to The New York Times, Tutu had been fighting a long battle against prostate cancer.

Tutu was ordained an Anglican priest in 1961, consecrated a bishop in 1975, and installed as archbishop of Cape Town in 1986. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his nonviolent activism in the anti-apartheid movement.

In 1990, former South African President F. W. de Klerk released Nelson Mandela from prison and took other steps to facilitate the country’s transition to multi-racial democracy. Tutu served from 1996 until 1998 as chairman of the new government’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which brought to light injustices committed under the apartheid regime, offering amnesty to the perpetrators and restitution to the victims under the principles of “restorative justice.”


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