International Scholar, Human Rights Activist,
and Daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“Striving for Justice: Searching for Common Ground”
Thursday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
Millennium Hotel, 150 West Fifth Street, Downtown Cincinnati
Naomi Tutu, international scholar and passionate human rights advocate, is the third child of Archbishop Desmond and
Nomalizo Leah Tutu. Born in
Krugersdorp, South Africa, she was educated in Swaziland, the US and England, and has divided her adult life between South Africa and the US.
Growing up as the daughter of Archbishop Tutu has offered her many opportunities and challenges in her life. Most important of these has been the challenge to find her own place in the world. She has taken up the challenge and channeled the opportunities that she has been given to raise her voice as a champion for human dignity.
Determined to make a difference in her home country, she founded and chaired the Tutu Foundation for Development and Relief in Southern Africa, which provides scholarships and support to South African refugees in African countries. Naomi Tutu has traveled the world as a teacher, consultant and guest lecturer, and has received countless
awards for her selfless commitment to improving the human condition.
Tutu has served as a development consultant in West Africa and a program coordinator for programs on Race and Gender and Gender-Based Violence in Education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. She is associate director of the Office of International Programs at Tennessee State University and has taught at the Universities of Hartford and Connecticut and Brevard College. She has led Truth and Reconciliation Workshops for groups dealing with different types of conflict.
Tutu is author of two books: Words of Desmond Tutu and I Don’t Think of You as Black: Honest Conversations on Race. Having endured the ravages of remaining silent about race and racism in Apartheid South Africa, she encourages open and frank dialogue on race and racism. “I don't talk about a color-blind society,” she says. “I talk about a society that celebrates our differences and uses our differences as a gift. So for me, the aim is not a place where we don't see difference. It's a place where we see the gift that difference is in our communities.”
Tickets $25 -- Call 513-751-0100 or visit www.womanscityclub.org.
$125 for the lecture and private reception afterwards.