High Coo – Oct 7 – Happy Birthday Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu b. Oct 7, 1931, d. December 26, 2021

First Black African Archbishop of Cape Town & Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Desmond Tutu was born on this day in 1931. “Known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist, he was Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996, in both cases being the first black African to hold the position. Theologically, he sought to fuse ideas from black theology with African theology.” See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmond_Tutu

Known for his warm smile and emphasis on forgiveness, he was also a tireless advocate of human rights. He said, “I wish I could shut up, but I can’t, and I won’t.” See https://www.tutu.org.za/i-wish-i-could-shut-up-but-i-cant-and-i-wont-the-global-legacy-of-archbishop-emeritus-desmond-tutu/

Today’s humble haiku: Happy Birthday Desmond Tutu

We can find the joy

and speak the truth to power –

begin anew now

Tutu with the Dalai Lama, both Nobel Peace Prize laureates, in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2004

For more information on the “mischievous brothers” pictured above, check out https://tricycle.org/article/dalai-lama-desmond-tutu/

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