Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1984), the recipient of numerous awards, prizes and honors. However, he is probably best described as a servant leader. He has chosen to stand up for the vulnerable. He has chosen to speak out against injustice. He has chosen to confront those who provide poor leadership on behalf of those who are oppressed, ignored, or marginalized. He is a global citizen who embodies the values and virtues that the world needs now. Across the world, people of all religions, races, ages, ideologies and social classes have been touched directly or indirectly by Desmond Tutu. They have been touched by his actions. Their lives have been changed by his choices. He has inspired a generation to work for peace with justice. In his role as Chairperson of the Elders and his ongoing ministry as a champion for justice, peace, reconciliation and Ubuntu, he continues to inspire people around the world with his words and his work.
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