South African icon and Nobel Peace Laureate, Archbishop Emeritus turns 83 on Tuesday. Tutu made a name for himself in the struggle against apartheid. He spoke out strongly against the apartheid state and for a period of time was public enemy number one in South Africa, his home country.
In 1984 Tutu won a Nobel Peace Prize for recognition of this contributions in the struggle for freedom in South Africa.
In 1995, after Nelson Mandela was elected as South Africa’s first democratic president, Tutu was appointed to chair the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, established to uncover and address the gross human rights violations that had taken place during apartheid. The commission looked not only at the wrongs committed by the state, but also by the liberating party, African National Congress, during the fight against apartheid.
In the years since Tutu has remained an outspoken voice and a moral compass in South Africa. He remains a much loved albeit controversial figure in South Africa and across the globe.
Today, on his birthday, many have taken to Twitter to wish the religious leader a happy birthday: