Author(s): Allister Sparks & Desmond Tutu
TUTU: THE AUTHORISED PORTRAIT is a celebration of eighty years of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an icon whose humanity and compassion has touched the lives of millions. Born in South Africa's Transvaal and trained as a teacher because his family couldn't afford to send him to medical school, Desmond Tutu was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1960. He has dedicated his life to vigorously opposing apartheid and all forms of oppression, always advocating non-violence, peaceful reconciliation and social justice for all. Featuring a biography by legendary South African journalist Allister Sparks written with the full co-operation of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and over forty interviews conducted by Tutu's daughter Reverend Mpho Tutu with close family, friends, colleagues, comrades and adversaries, complemented by an unprecedented collection of images and unpublished artefacts drawn from Tutu's private files, this is a phenomenal story of one man's life-long commitment to the liberation of the oppressed.
Allister Sparks and Desmond Tutu have been friends and comrades for many decades. Sparks was editor of THE RAND DAILY MAIL from 1977 to 1981, and South African correspondent for THE WASHINGTON POST, THE OBSERVER and Holland's leading newspaper, NRC HANDELSBLAD, from 1981 to 1992. He was named International Editor of the Year in 1979, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1985 and won Britain's David Blundy Award for foreign reporting in 1985. In 1992, Sparks founded the Institute for Advanced Journalism, in association with the University of the Witwatersrand, to upgrade the standard of journalism in South Africa. The Reverend Mpho Tutu has run ministries for children in Worcester, Massachusetts; for rape survivors in Grahamstown, South Africa; and for refugees from South Africa and Namibia at the Phelps Stokes Fund in New York City. She is the Chairperson Emeritus of the board of the Global AIDS Alliance, Chairperson of the Board of Advisors of the 911 Unity Walk and a Trustee of Angola University.