Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
About This Billboard
South African-born Desmond Tutu was educated in mission schools where his father taught. As a young man, he hoped to become a physician, but his eventual path as a cleric made him one of the most famous peacemakers of the 20th century.
Tutu was ordained an Anglican priest in 1961 and in 1978 accepted an appointment as general secretary of the South African Council of Churches. During the 1980s, he was an outspoken critic of apartheid in South Africa, bringing awareness of the struggle to the world stage and insisting on the use of non-violent resistance by black South Africans. He spoke out at great personal sacrifice when he risked being jailed after calling for a boycott of municipal elections. He urged the international community to use economic sanctions against the apartheid government—a move that resulted in South Africa canceling Tutu's passport.
Even at the height of apartheid violence, through everything his people endured, Tutu was consistent in his faith that a nonviolent solution could prevail. When he spoke in a Johannesburg suburb, after a violent police massacre on the black population, he told his followers, "Do not hate. Let us choose the peaceful way to freedom."
In 1984, the global community recognized Tutu's leadership by granting him the Nobel Prize for Peace. Two years later he was elected the first black archbishop of Cape Town, an office he held for 10 years.
Eventually, of course, Tutu and his fellow foes of apartheid won the day, and apartheid was ended in the early 1990s. Afterward, Tutu became a mediator in the transition toward democracy. Beginning in 1995, he chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission established by former President Nelson Mandela to investigate human rights violations during apartheid.
Tutu was awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize in India in 2007, the same year he founded the Elders, a group of international leaders that promotes conflict resolution and problem solving globally. He has received more than 50 honorary doctorate degrees from universities around the world. Until his retirement in 2010, at age 79, he continued to teach and travel the globe as a champion for international human rights and AIDS awareness.
Throughout his decades of tireless work for peace and tolerance, Tutu has been a shining example that with enduring faith in a cause, and persistent work toward a goal, we can achieve anything—without violence, without anger, but in the spirit of compassion, forgiveness and peace.
Peace. Pass It On!
This billboard about Peace features Desmond Tutu; activist, cleric.
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This web page is epic
He was a great man glad he was able to do such a great thing
Michael, Crown Point
This is a very true quote. I will do exactly what it said to do because I believe in this quote
Joy Ingram, 4207 Furley Avenue
This is one one man whom when I read of him, am encouraged to dream again.
W.Jeniffer, Nairobi, Kenya
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall see God
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Riddle man, we thank you for your commitments on making the world a better place
Barazae, Kilombero, Tanzania
Peace values should be started with children for them to appreciate the beauty and effects of a peaceful community
Dr. Lourdes dela Torre, Philippines
I think everyone should strive for PEACE because
we ALL will win when the WORLD is peaceful
Allanzo Williams, Kingston, Jamaica
His book, "Made for Goodness" is amazing.
Lucy Kohansamad, Santa Barbara, CA
While traveling through life's journey share the little piece that can help lead to real PEACE.
Joseph S, Greensboro NC.
Great is his achievement, for being a man of peace and solidarity that he shall get in the last day is may he get peace and favor from God.
ORJI AUGUSTINE NKEMJIKA, NIGERIA
My school is on this site for health and I find it rather cool. The fact that you can comment on people's stories is amazing. Or at least to me.
Abby L-J, Oregon
What about, "Pride. Pass it on"?
Hydiah O., Allentown, PA
I have my own billboard if I may share it.
Hydiah O., Allentown, PA
My whole school read this book and it's called "Left to Tell" by Immaculee Ilibagiza, she wrote about how Desmond Tutu saved many Tutsi even though he was a Hutu. It was so inspiring!
Theresa, V, Springfield, MA
I feel so encouraged when I see this Peace billboard and other Foundation messages across the nation. You are doing a great work. I hope all Americans will be inspired to positive persistent action.
Hyacinth, D, Prescott, AR
Thank you so much for bringing a great man to Southeast Missouri! I almost wrecked when I saw his picture on my way to work. I love him so much.
Angie W., Dexter, Missoui, USA
Desomond Tutu is a very inspiring guy the way he fought for his rights and sacrificed a lot. He is always trying to help others like him helping Aids victims.
Jonny F., Brookings, Oregon
If people disturb someone and they want peace. They will never get it because to make peace you have to work for it...
PEACE IS HAPPINESS IN LIFE.
Jessica C., Jefferson City, Missouri