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Daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Speak Oct. 21

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The challenges of growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa have been the foundation of Nontombi Naomi Tutu’s life as an activist for human rights.

Tutu – the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu – will speak on “Truth and Reconciliation: Healing the Wounds of Racism” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.

Tutu’s experiences taught her that everyone loses when people accept situations of oppression, and that teaching and preaching hate and division injures everybody. In her presentation, she blends her passion for human dignity with humor and personal stories.

Born in South Africa, Tutu was educated in Swaziland, the United States and England and has divided her adult life between South Africa and the U.S.

Professionally Tutu has been a development consultant in West Africa and served as coordinator for programs on race and gender and gender-based violence in education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town.   

Tutu has taught at the University of Hartford, the University of Connecticut and Brevard College in N.C. She served as program coordinator for the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University and was a part of the institute’s delegation to the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa in 2001.

In addition to speaking, Tutu established Nozizwe Consulting, which brings different groups together to learn from and celebrate their differences and acknowledge their shared humanity. As part of this work, she has led Truth and Reconciliation Workshops for groups dealing with conflict.

Sponsored by the Shank Peace Endowment Series, the program is free and open to the public.

Posted 10/4/13

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