(Washington, D.C.) Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a moral leader in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement, passed away at 90. A powerful voice for nonviolence and peaceful reconciliation after the fall of apartheid South Africa, Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
“Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a determined, compassionate, and unyielding advocate for freedom, using his moral leadership to help put an end to apartheid in South Africa and working tirelessly for reconciliation. He understood that our humanity depended on each other and that only by confronting evil and working together to overcome it could we achieve a just world.
About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law— The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes. For more information, please visit https://lawyerscommittee.org.