In this essential collection of Desmond Tutu's most historic and
controversial speeches and writings, we witness his unique career
of provoking the powerful and confronting the world in order to
protect the oppressed, the poor, and other victims of
Renowned first for his courageous opposition to apartheid in
South Africa, he and his ministry soon took on international
dimensions. Rooted in his faith and in the values embodied in the
African spirit of "ubuntu," Tutu's uncompromising vision of a
shared humanity has compelled him to speak out, even in the face of
violent opposition and virulent criticism, against political
injustice and oppression, religious fundamentalism, and the
persecution of minorities.
Arranged by theme and introduced with insight and historical
context by Tutu's biographer, John Allen, this collection takes
readers from the violent apartheid clashes in South Africa to the
healing work of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee; from
Trafalgar Square after the fall of the Berlin Wall to a national
broadcast commemorating the legacy of Nelson Mandela; from
Ireland's Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin to a basketball stadium
in Luanda, Angola. Whether exploring democracy in Africa, the
genocide in Rwanda, black theology, the inclusion of gays and
lesbians in the church, or the plight of Palestinians, Tutu's
message of truth is clear and his voice unflinching.
In a world of suffering and conflict, where human laws all too
often clash with God's law, Tutu's hopeful, timeless messages
become increasingly necessary and powerful with each passing
year--and are needed now more than ever.
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