Desmond Tutu

Nobel Peace Prize Winner & Archbishop Emeritus

1994 Nobel Peace Prize awardee Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is internationally renowned for his staunch and effective opposition to apartheid. In the 1980s he played an almost unrivaled role in drawing national and international attention to the injustices of apartheid. In 1995 President Mandela appointed him to chair South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Since the demise of apartheid, Tutu has campaigned to fight HIV/AIDS, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia. With his beloved wife Nomaliza Leah since 1955, together they have been exemplars of humble service to others, as they raised a family devoted to each other and social activism.

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Leah Tutu

Leah Tutu was educated as a teacher at Saint Thomas College in Johannesburg and began teaching the
same year that she married Desmond Tutu. In 1957, her husband decided to quit teaching after the
Bantu Education Act was signed. Leah supported her husband’s decision to no longer participate in an
educational system supporting racial inequality. But at the same time, it also meant that she became the
sole provider of a family with three children. Being the daughter of a domestic worker, Mrs. Tutu has
always been concerned about the social rights and conditions of domestic workers, being one of the
largest professional groups in South Africa. Using her experience as a teacher, she became a true
advocate of equal opportunities and social rights for the domestic workforce and one of the founders of
the South African Domestic Workers Association (SADWA).