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A Call For Peace

A Call For PeaceCalling on Tufts students to help broker a new era of peace, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke to a standing-room only audience at Tufts.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [03.18.02] Recalling his experiences fighting apartheid in South Africa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu called on the world's young people to take an active role in bringing peace and justice to the world's global community.

"You are some of the world's best agents for peace," Tutu said of Tufts students. "You are the young ones, you dreamers who dream that all belong in one family - black and white, rich and poor, beautiful and not-so-beautiful, gay and straight, clever and not-so clever, red, yellow, Jew, Arab - everyone."

Tutu's address was arranged jointly through Tufts' Institute for Global Leadership and the James A. Russell Lecture Series -- the oldest endowed lecture series at Tufts. The event also commemorated the University's 150th anniversary celebrations.

"It is a great honor to celebrate with you the 150th anniversary of this great University," Tutu told the audience at Tufts' Goddard Chapel.

Speaking about "Sources of Hope for a Global Future," Tutu commented on how a peaceful end to apartheid in South Africa could happen in a place so violent, and "without hope or virtue."

The key, he said, is the right attitude.

"People are incredibly smart," Tutu said. "People have -- you have -- an instinct for goodness."

The South African Archbishop was presented with the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from Tufts' Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship Program (EPIIC).

And, in honor of Tutu's work, EPIIC announced that it is creating two internships in Tutu's name. The first will be with The Project on Justice in Times of Transition; the second with Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, now at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, to help create educational strategies for forging relationships between students in institutions where racial divisions are still very strong.

Tutu, said Tufts sophomore Marlon Thomas is "truly an inspiration to those of us who seek peace, justice and truth."

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