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Tutu Praised by Obama

Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu recently traveled to the United States to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President, Barack Obama.

According to the White House, the award, which is the US’s highest honour for a civilian is awarded to individuals for the work as ‘agents of change.’ The award is rewarded to sports men and women, actors, activists and scientists.

Obama commended Tutu for his “unflagging devotion to justice, indomitable optimism and unmistakable sense of humour.”

Tutu stated that, “My wife Leah and I are truly humbled by the extraordinary symbolism of a former South African township urchin receiving the United States’ highest civilian honour from the first African American to occupy the White House, President Barack Obama.”

Tutu dedicated the award to all South Africans who fought the country’s struggle for freedom and justice.” I am standing out only because millions of my compatriots are carrying me on their shoulders,” he said.


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