Tutu: The Authorised Portrait of Desmond Tutu, with a Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Tutu: The Authorised Portrait is a celebration of eighty years of the life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an icon whose humanity and compassion have touched the lives of millions around the world. Born in Klerksdorp, South Africa, and trained as a teacher because his family could not afford to send him to medical school, Desmond Tutu was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1960. He vigorously opposed apartheid and has dedicated his life to fighting all forms of oppression, advocating non-violence, peaceful reconciliation and social justice for all. This extraordinary book features a biography by legendary South African journalist Allister Sparks, authorised by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and includes over forty interviews conducted by Tutu's daughter Reverend Mpho Tutu with close family, friends, colleagues, comrades and critics. Complemented by an unprecedented collection of images and unpublished artefacts drawn from Tutu's private files, this is a phenomenal story of one man's life-long commitment to the liberation of the oppressed. Includes interviews with Kofi Annan, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President Barack Obama
Allister Sparks was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting of racial unrest in South Africa during 1985 and won Britain's David Blundy Award for foreign reporting in the same year. In 1992, Sparks founded the Institute for Advanced Journalism, in association with the University of the Witwatersrand, to upgrade the standard of journalism in South Africa. The Reverend Mpho Tutu has run ministries for children in England, America and South Africa. She earned her Master of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and began her ordained ministry at the Historic Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Mpho is the Chairperson Emeritus of the Board of the Global AIDS Alliance, Chairperson of the Board of Advisors of the 911 Unity Walk and a Trustee of Angola University.