"Of course we want fundamental changes. If that's revolution, then I'm a revolutionary. Even Jesus was, he wanted goodness, justice and forgiveness."

Desmond Tutu

* 7. October 1931 in South Africa
Nationality at birth: South Africa

Zachariah Tutu

* Unknown
† Unknown

Aletha Tutu

* Unknown
† Unknown

Leah Nomalizo Tutu

* 14. October 1933 South Africa

Gloria Radebe

* Unknown
† Unknown

Tamsaqa Tutu

* Unknown
† Unknown

Sylvia Morrison

* Unknown
† Unknown

Naomi Tutu

* 1960 Krugersdorp

Mpho Andrea Tutu

* 1963 London

Trevor Thamsanqa Tutu

* 1956 Krugersdorp

Theresa Thandeka Tutu

* Unknown
Country of struggle for human rights: Global, especially South Africa
Area Type From To Location
School Gymnasium
Profession, Activities Priest

How did the story become known?

Desmond Tutu became known through the public media and his publications and speeches.

When did the story become known?


Where did the story become known?


By whom did the story become known?

Nobel Peace Prize

Prizes, Awards

Nobel Peace Prize (1984)
Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (1999)
Ghandi-Peace Prize (2005)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009)
Templeton-Prize (2013)

Literature (literature, films, websites etc.)

John Allen, Desmond Tutu: Rabble-Rouser for Peace: The Authorised Biography of Desmond Tutu. London 2006.

Shirley Du Boulay, Tutu: Voice of the Voiceless. London 1988.

Steven D. Gish, Desmond Tutu: A Biography. Westport u. a. 2004.

Denis Goldberg, Birgit Morgenrath, Der Auftrag. Ein Leben für die Freiheit in Südafrika. Berlin, Hamburg 2010.

Own works

Desmond Tutu, Versöhnung ist unteilbar. Interpretationen biblischer Texte zur schwarzen Theologie. Wuppertal 1977.

Ders., Crying in the wilderness. Grand Rapids 1982.

Ders., Hope and suffering: sermons and speeches. Johannesburg u. a. 1983.

Ders., „Gott segne Afrika.“ Texte und Predigten des Friedensnobelpreisträgers. Reinbek 1984.

Ders., The words of Desmond Tutu. Newmarket, New York City 1989.

Ders., The rainbow people of God: the making of a peaceful revolution. New York 1994.

Ders., Worshipping church in Africa. Durham 1995.

Ders., The essential Desmond Tutu. Capetown 1997.

Ders., An African prayerbook, New York 2000. Deutsch: Meine afrikanischen Gebete. München 2005.

Ders., No future without forgiveness. New York 1999. Deutsch: Keine Zukunft ohne Versöhnung. Düsseldorf 2001.

Ders., God has a dream: a vision of hope for our time, New York 2004. Deutsch: Gott hat einen Traum: neue Hoffnung für unsere Zeit. München 2004.

Ders. und Mpho Tutu, Made for goodness – and why this makes all the difference. New York 2010. Deutsch: Der Mensch ist da, um gut zu sein. München 2010.

Ders., God is not a Christian. Speaking truth in times of crisis, London 2013. Deutsch: Gott ist kein Christ. Mein Engagement für Toleranz und Gerechtigkeit. Ostfildern 2012.

Ders., Mpho Tutu, The Book of forgiving: the four-fold path of healing for ourselves and our world. London 2014. Deutsch: Das Buch des Vergebens. Vier Schritte zu mehr Menschlichkeit. Berlin 2014.


Desmond Tutu hat vor Gericht ausgesagt
Jahr: 1996
Leitung der Wahrheits- und Versöhnungskommission in Südafrika (1996-1998)

  • Personality
  • Religious attitude
  • International Law
  • Education


Desmond Mpilo Tutu dedicated his life to the non-violent overcoming of apartheid, a peaceful transition of South African society to a future of democracy and equality after the end of the segregation regime. The search for truth and the commitment to reconciliation between white and black South Africans were central to his work. (Photo: Benny Gool)


Desmond Tutu (*1931)
Forgiveness and Reconciliation – Archbishop Desmond Tutu and overcoming racial segregation in South Africa


“Forgiveness is the only way out of the trap,
where injustice holds us imprisoned.”

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