First Black Archbishop of Cape Town, racial justice activist Desmond Tutu dies at 90

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — South Africa’s president says Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial justice and LGBTQ rights and the retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has died at the age of 90.

An uncompromising foe of apartheid, South Africa’s brutal regime of oppression again the Black majority, Tutu worked tirelessly, but non-violently, for its downfall.

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The buoyant, blunt-spoken clergyman used his pulpit as the first Black bishop of Johannesburg and later Archbishop of Cape Town as well as frequent public demonstrations to galvanize public opinion against racial inequity both at home and globally.

Community members in the New Haven area remembered Tutu’s legacy this weekend.

“He was a very brilliant man,” Anthony Dawson, former alderman to New Haven’s 3rd Ward said. “Because, to me, he helped put a face on apartheid, when many people in America – especially African-Americans -didn’t quite get what it was about. Bishop Tutu was able to break it down so that we could understand it, and do moves like we did in the 1980s here in New Haven.”

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