Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Happy Birthday, Bishop Tutu!

From New Morning Daybook (Faithstreams.com):

Desmond Tutu was born October 7, 1931, in the gold-mining town of Klerksdorp, South Africa. As a teenager, he contracted tuberculosis and spent 20 months in bed recuperating. He was able to continue his studies with the help of frequent visits by the white Anglican priest Trevor Huddleston, whose beliefs and opposition to the apartheid system were important influences. Tutu became a teacher because he could not afford the medical education that he had hoped for. He resigned his teaching post in protest, after the state mandated an inferior education for blacks. He entered an Anglican seminary because, he later said, "It just occurred to me that, if the church would have me, the profession of priest could be a good way of serving my people." Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.


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