Apartheid’s Lessons

Student Receives Social Justice Award

Naomi Tutu

Nontombi Naomi Tutu, a second-year master of divinity student, has been honored with the Otis Social Justice Award from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.

Tutu, who is a daughter of retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has worked in a variety of roles as an advocate for equality, human rights, and the celebration of diversity. These include service as a development coordinator in West Africa, leading reconciliation efforts for feuding groups, and serving as program coordinator for the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University in Nashville.

Tutu received the award Sept. 16 at Wheaton, where she also lectured on “Striving for Justice: Searching for Common Ground.” She noted that she saw injustice firsthand while growing up in apartheid South Africa, but she has learned from her father and others how dedicated activists can change the world for the better.

Marguerite Copeland, a Wheaton student, proposed Tutu for the award after an event for Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation that supports American girls who raise awareness and funds for the United Nations. The first Otis Social Justice Award was presented in 1990 to former U.S. Surgeon Gen. C. Everett Koop.