December 7, 2022

Biden celebrates Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa at 90: Your life inspires me to do more

Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu gestures during a press conference about the first 20 years of freedom in South Africa at St Georges Cathedral in Cape Town on April 23,2014. Tutu today celebrated 20 years of freedom in South Africa as a "heck of an achievement", while confirming that he would not vote for the government in May 7 elections. Anglican archbishop emeritus Tutu, 82, is still regarded as a moral beacon for South Africa in the mould of the first post-apartheid president Nelson Mandela, who led the country from 1994 to 1999. AFP PHOTO/JENNIFER BRUCE (Photo credit should read JENNIFER BRUCE/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday wished happy 90th birthday celebration to Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, saying that his life has inspired him.

President Joe Biden disembarks Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, August 10, 2021, following his trip to Delaware. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith)

“In honor of Archbishop Tutu, let us all recommit ourselves to the work that has animated his life: advancing respect for human rights, strengthening equality, protecting fundamental freedoms, and fighting for racial justice, both at home and around the world,” Biden wrote.

He said, “I send my best wishes to Archbishop Desmond Tutu on his 90th birthday and join the world in celebrating his life of service and contributions to humanity,” President Biden wrote in a statement released by the White House.

“I’ve been honored to meet and spend time with Archbishop Tutu on several occasions over the years, and like so many others, I am inspired by his personal commitment to championing human rights and to always speaking out for what is right. 

“The world first came to know Archbishop Tutu as he modeled the highest tenets of his faith in challenging the injustice of Apartheid in South Africa.

“His courage and moral clarity at that time helped inspire my own commitment as a United States Senator to change American policy toward the Apartheid regime in South Africa. And in the years since, the world has continued to learn from Archbishop Tutu’s message of justice, equality, and reconciliation.

“In honor of Archbishop Tutu, let us all recommit ourselves to the work that has animated his life: advancing respect for human rights, strengthening equality, protecting fundamental freedoms, and fighting for racial justice, both at home and around the world.”

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