Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, is one of the greatest living moral icons of our time who was a key leader in the fight against apartheid in South Africa. His strength of conviction and outspoken activism to stop injustices-including the tragedy of HIV/AIDS in his own country and around the world – have never been silenced.
Archbishop Tutu has been active in the defense of human rights and uses his high profile to fight for the oppressed. He has campaigned to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia. Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984; the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986; the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987; the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999; the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2005; and the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.
Archbishop Tutu suffered from TB in his youth and has been active in assisting those afflicted, especially as TB and HIV/AIDS deaths have become intrinsically linked in South Africa. “Those of you who work to care for people suffering from AIDS and TB are wiping a tear from God’s eye,” Tutu said.
“Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a beloved leader for us all in Africa. His courage and wisdom inspire us to fight corruption and sometimes overwhelming odds to do everything we can to stop HIV/AIDS. We are so grateful that he has joined the Keep the Promise March on Washington and we welcome his much-respected voice, ” said Dr. Penninah Iutung Amor, Africa Bureau Chief for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Archbishop Tutu urges participation in the March on Washington calling on world leaders to keep the promise and take action on HIV/AIDS, because “together, we can stop AIDS.”