When Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the battle to end South African apartheid was far from over. Tutu had already endured nonstop state harassment for more than ten years, but many of his comrades had suffered much worse. Activist Steve Biko had been murdered by brutal Port Elizabeth cops in 1977. Nelson Mandela would spend 27 years in prison. It's a near miracle considering Tutu's visibility, outspokenness, and commitment to tactics such as civil disobedience he didn't suffer a similar fate.
The 78-year-old human rights activist will discuss South Africa's darkest days, the triumph of becoming the first black African archbishop, and the moment April 27, 1994 when apartheid finally died. Tutu will speak at the D. Taft University Center Arena as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series, presented by Nova Southeastern University's Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.
Fri., Feb. 26, 7 p.m., 2010