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This Happened — September 7: Desmond Tutu Named Archbishop

On this day in 1986, Desmond Tutu was named Archbishop of the Anglican Church in South Africa.

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What was Desmond Tutu's role in the Anglican Church?

Desmond Tutu was a South African Anglican bishop and social rights activist. He became known for his vocal opposition to apartheid, a system of racial segregation and discrimination in South Africa. Tutu played a key role in leading the Anglican Church in southern Africa as an influential figure, advocating for justice, equality, and reconciliation. Tutu's nonviolent approach and message of reconciliation earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

How did Desmond Tutu contribute to the end of Apartheid in South Africa?

Tutu's leadership within the Anglican Church and his commitment to justice played a crucial role in the movement against apartheid. He used his platform to unite various groups, both inside and outside of South Africa, in opposition to the apartheid regime. Tutu's advocacy and international pressure helped to isolate the apartheid government and contributed to its eventual downfall.

Did Desmond Tutu face any challenges or controversies during his leadership in the Anglican Church?

Some members of the church hierarchy disagreed with Tutu’s political involvement and outspokenness. Additionally, his progressive views on issues such as LGBTQ+ rights caused friction within the church. Despite these challenges, Tutu remained steadfast in his convictions and continued to use his position to advocate for a more inclusive and just society.

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