Recognizing the “Rabble-Rouser for Peace”: Going to South Africa to Bestow the Straus Institute’s Inaugural Peacemaker Award on Desmond Tutu
Thomas Stipanowich travels to South Africa to bestow the Straus Institute's inaugural Peacemaker Award on Desmond Tutu.
“You could have knocked me down with a feather . . . [I]t was almost mindboggling, that a white man could doff his hat to my mother, a black woman, really a nonentity in South Africa’s terms.” In the world of South African apartheid, a world in which racial heritage and skin color determined as a matter of law where and with whom you could live, your education and job prospects, and who you could marry, an Anglican priest’s small, instinctive act of courtesy to his mother made a huge impression on young Desmond Tutu.