Obama honors South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu as he retires, call him a ‘moral titan’By AP
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Obama honors Archbishop Desmond Tutu as he retires
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a “moral titan” who will be missed as he formally retires from public life on his 79th birthday Thursday.
Obama says the Nobel peace laureate has been a voice of principle, an unrelenting champion of justice and a dedicated peacemaker.
Tutu played a pivotal role in South Africa’s struggle against apartheid, the now-abolished system of white-minority rule. He also has advocated freedom and justice worldwide, supported gay rights and pushed for treatment programs to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Tutu announced earlier this year that he would retire on his birthday, Oct. 7, to spend more time with his family.