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  • South Africa's Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus, turns 90 on Oct. 7, 2021. Throughout his life, he has worked against racism and apartheid, promoting peace and human rights for all.
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  • In 1975, he was the first Black South African to be appointed dean of St. Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg.<br><br>Father Tutu, Dean of Johannesburg, with his mother-in-law, Johanna Shenxane, and his wife, Leah Tutu, in Krugersdorp, South Africa.
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  • Tutu served as the bishop of Lesotho from 1976 to 1978.<br><br>Bishop Desmond Tutu prays during a service, Aug. 2, 1976.
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  • Bishop Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership and activism in the fight against apartheid in South Africa, on Dec. 10, 1984, in Oslo.
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  • Bishop Tutu continued to speak out against apartheid throughout the 1980s.
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  • In 1986, Tutu became the first Black South African to be named archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church of South Africa.
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  • Archbishop Tutu joins hands with the newly elected president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, on May 9, 1994, in Cape Town, South Africa.
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  • Archbishop Tutu was appointed chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, looking into atrocities that occurred during apartheid.<br><br>Commissioners listen to testimony from witnesses on April 15, 1996, in East London, South Africa.
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  • President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Archbishop Tutu during a ceremony in White House on Aug. 12, 2009, in Washington, D.C.
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  • Founded in 2007 by Nelson Mandela, The Elders was a group of global leaders working together to promote peace and human rights. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was chairman of the group. This group portrait was taken on May 29, 2010, in Johannesburg.
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  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu addresses the congregation during a National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela at Westminster Abbey on March 3, 2014, in London.
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  • Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu during their royal tour of South Africa on Sept. 25, 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa.
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  • Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus, emerges from the Brooklyn Chest Hospital, after being vaccinated against COVID-19, in Cape Town, on May 17, 2021, on the first day of the mainstream COVID-19 vaccination process in various parts of South Africa.
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