The Chapel Department is very excited to announce that on the Reverend Mother Nontombi Naomi Tutu will be the guest speaker for our Upper Division and Middle Division special assemblies. I know that you recognize this to be a wonderful opportunity for our community to engage one another in conversation around the topic of racial justice. As this is a conversation, the format for the assembly presentation will be that of an interview.
Ms. Sarah Smith, our Interim Director of Service Learning and member of the Chapel Department, will facilitate the interview by inviting our special speaker to answer grade-level appropriate questions. As this is a community-focused event, we would like to invite our teachers and students to submit questions for Ms. Smith to ask Mother Tutu during the assembly. Please keep in mind that not all questions may be answered at the special chapel assembly. If you or your students would like to submit a question, please turn them in by .
Nontombi Naomi Tutu:
The challenges of growing black and female in apartheid South Africa has led Nontombi Naomi Tutu to her present as an activist for human rights. Those experiences taught how much we all lose when any of us is judged purely on physical attributes.
Tutu is the third child Archbishop Desmond and Nomalizo Leah Tutu. She was born in South Africa and has also lived in Lesotho, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She was educated in Swaziland, the US and England, and has divide her adult life between South Africa and the US. Growing up the 'daughter of ...' has offered Naomi Tutu many opportunities and challenges in her life. Most important of these has been the challenge to find her own place in the world. She has taken up the challenge and channeled the opportunities that she has been given to raise her voice as a champion for the dignity of all.
Her professional experience ranges from being a development consultant in West Africa to being program coordinator for programs on race & gender and gender-based violence in education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. In addition Tutu has taught at the University of Hartford, University of Connecticut, and Brevard College in North Carolina. She served as program coordinator for the historic Race Relations Institute at Fisk University, and was a part of the Institute's delegation to the World Conference Against Racism in Durban.