World Mournes Death of Desmond Tutu

( – The world is reflecting on Desmond Tutu’s legacy following his passing on Sunday. The 90-year-old South African activist was known for his work in ending apartheid in South Africa.

Who Was Desmond Tutu?

Desmond Tutu was a leader in working toward ending apartheid in South Africa and supporting a number of other human rights issues within the region. Apartheid was a type of social stratification that sought to give the region’s minority white population higher power and social standing than other majority races over the course of more than 40 years. The system thrived on segregation, and a series of policies were passed that created separate access to housing, employment, and other opportunities for each race in South Africa. Tutu was among the most prominent activists that worked to abolish this system, which ultimately ended in June 1991 when discriminatory legislation that had been passed several decades earlier was repealed.

Desmond Tutu’s Legacy

Desmond Tutu’s work toward ending apartheid led him to seek several prominent positions that made him a highly visible activist, both in South Africa and at the global level. He served as Bishop of Johannesburg and Archbishop of Cape Town during and immediately following the apartheid years, which gave him the unique opportunity to blend building his personal skills as a theologian with working toward new policies that would improve life for the South African population. These positions helped him take a more active role in working toward repealing the policies that supported apartheid and creating new policies at the international level that would help to prevent future discriminatory policies.

Tutu received a number of awards and other types of recognition throughout his life in honor of his work toward ending apartheid. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 after being nominated for the previous three years.

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