Post-Apartheid South Africa

Post-Apartheid South Africa

Naomi Tutu

1.25.2007

Naomi Tutu

Naomi Tutu, daughter of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Nomalizo, founded and was the chairperson of the Tutu Foundation, which from 1985 until 1990, helped South African refugees in African countries. The Foundation gave refugees scholarships so that they could learn skills that would make them self-supporting while in exile as well as preparing them for constructive roles in the free South Africa. Currently, Tutu is program coordinator for the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University.

Naomi Tutu, founder of Tutu Foundation for Development and Relief and daughter of Archbishop Desmond TuTu, discusses post-Apartheid South Africa in a speech entitled, “Truth and Reconciliation: Healing the Wounds of Racism.” Tutu proposes that there is still a lot of work to do to reconcile three centuries of racial oppression in her home country. She discusses the work of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was chaired by her father, to promote honesty, discussion and ultimately reconciliation in South Africa. She offers the commission as an example of an affective model to promote reconciliation of conflict throughout the world.