Oral history with Desmond Tutu 1999


Tutu, Desmond (Interviewee)
Clark, Mary Marshall (Interviewer)
Oral history with Desmond Tutu 1999
(Born 1931- ) Decision to leave teaching profession for ordination training, 1957; contextualizing Western theology into a uniquely African model; appointment as Anglican Dean of Johannesburg (1975): opportunity to articulate aspirations of the black majority to media; 1976 Soweto uprising as proof of new generation' s willingness to fight for liberation; importance of religion in Africa, world community, and anti-apartheid struggle; importance of support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York [Carnegie] and its role in South Africa: impact of First Inquiry on Poverty in South Africa, role of Carnegie President David Hamburg, Carnegie's support of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies and the Legal Resources Centre; witness to human capacity for good and evil as co-chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Collection Name
Carnegie Corporation project. Part 2
Bishops--South Africa; Religious leaders; Anti-apartheid movements--South Africa; Church and social problems--South Africa; Race relations--Religious aspects--South Africa; South Africa History Soweto Uprising, 1976; Tutu, Desmond; University of the Witwatersrand. Centre for Applied Legal Studies; Legal Resources Centre (South Africa); Carnegie Corporation of New York; South Africa. Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Carnegie Inquiry into Poverty and Development in Southern Africa
oral histories
Origin Information
Physical Description
14 pages
Note (Biographical)
Religious leader.
Note (Funding)
Digital reproduction funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York
Interviewed by: Mary Marshall Clark, Sept. 15, 1999.
Digitized from 2 Digital Betacam videotapes: Original available in the Oral History Office, Columbia University Libraries
Note (Provenance)
Gift of Desmond Tutu
Library Location
Oral History Archives at Columbia, Columbia University
Persistent URL