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The Most Rev. Dr. Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town
Archbishop Tutu
Date of birth7 October 1931 (1931-10-07) (age 88)
Place of birthKlerksdorp, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
ProvinceAnglican Church of Southern Africa
PredecessorDr. P.W.R. Russell
SuccessorDr. Njongonkulu Ndungane
Other postsBishop of Lesotho
Bishop of Johannesburg
Archbishop of Cape Town
Titles/honorsNobel Peace Prize
Known forFighting apartheid
This person won a Nobel Prize
Archbishop Desmond Tutu (born 7 October 1931) is a South African social rights activist. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his work fighting apartheid in South Africa. He was the first Anglican archbishop in Cape Town.

Early life

Tutu was born in Klerksdorp, Transvaal. When Tutu was twelve he moved with his family to Johannesburg. Tutu wanted to become a doctor. His family could not afford to send him to medical school, so Tutu studied at the Pretoria Bantu Normal College to become a teacher. He taught at Johannesburg Bantu High School and at Munsienville High School in Mogale City.

Personal life

Tutu married Nomalizo Leah Shenxane on 2 July 1955. In 1975 he moved into what is now known as Tutu House in Soweto.