For Immediate Release: December 26, 2021
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Statement from President Clinton on the Passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s life was a gift. Blessed with brilliance and eloquence, steady determination and good humor, and an unshakeable faith in the inherent decency of all people, Archbishop Tutu fully embodied the spirit of Ubuntu: “I am because you are.” That spirit drove him to fight first for freedom and then for reconciliation.
As Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he helped bring healing to his country and reminded us all that the search for justice begins in the heart. His own heart was good enough to seek reconciliation not revenge, to reject demonization and embrace his uncanny ability to bring out the best in others. Those of us touched by the gift of his life owe it to him to pass it on.
Hillary and I send our prayers to Leah, his family, and all those who stood with him.