Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Anglican cleric responsible for leading the fight against Apartheid in South Africa, passed away on Sunday at the age of 90.
Tutu won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for his work in ending the Apartheid state in South Africa.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa issued a statement following news of Tutu’s death, saying, “A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world.”
Former President Barack Obama also issued a statement on Tutu’s passing, saying, “Archbishop Tutu was grounded in the struggle for liberation and justice in his own country, but also concerned with injustice everywhere. He never lost his impish sense of humor and willingness to find humanity in his adversaries.”
Tutu was no doubt an influential figure and his passing, while not unexpected due to his poor health, still has impacted millions.
Tutu’s consistent stance on demanding equal human rights for both the “oppressed” and the “oppressor” will be sorely missed as the world continues to become more radical and polarized.
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