Nobel Peace Prize awardee Desmond Tutu is a renowned South African Anglican cleric known for his staunch opposition to the policies of apartheid. Despite bloody violations committed against the black population in South Africa during Apartheid, Tutu adhered to his nonviolent line. Since, he has emerged as a global voice for peace, reconciliation, and social justice. Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. The Desmond Tutu Peace Lab is an innovative think tank dedicated to undergraduate research, activism, dialogue and advocacy around peace and social justice issues broadly defined. It continues work in the spirit of The Desmond Tutu Center — by promoting peace, reconciliation, and global justice on campus and in the local community. Photo by Dan Carpenter. Student interns and a student think tank are working with faculty and local community partners to host lectures, workshops, dialogues, study tours, trainings, and other experiences in research and activism.
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It was established to investigate the violations that took place between and , to provide support and reparation to victims and their families, and to compile a full and objective record of the effects of apartheid on South African society. To forgive is not just to be altruistic. It is the best form of self-interest. It is also a process that does not exclude hatred and anger. These emotions are all part of being human. You should never hate yourself for hating others who do terrible things: the depth of your love is shown by the extent of your anger. However, when I talk of forgiveness I mean the belief that you can come out the other side a better person. A better person than the one being consumed by anger and hatred.
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Prize motivation: "for his role as a unifying leader figure in the non-violent campaign to resolve the problem of apartheid in South Africa. Tutu was saluted by the Nobel Committee for his clear views and his fearless stance, characteristics which had made him a unifying symbol for all African freedom fighters. Attention was once again directed at the nonviolent path to liberation. Despite bloody violations committed against the black population, as in the Sharpeville massacre of and the Soweto rising in , Tutu adhered to his nonviolent line. Yet he would not blame Nelson Mandela and his supporters for having made a different choice. The Peace Prize award made a big difference to Tutu's international standing, and was a helpful contribution to the struggle against apartheid.