Desmond Tutu to speak at UNC in 2009

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu has been picked to speak at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's spring 2009 commencement.

University chancellor Holden Thorp said Monday a committee of students and faculty chose the 76-year-old South African anti-apartheid campaigner. He called Tutu one of the world's greatest humanitarians.

Tutu led protests around the world to end racial segregation in South Africa in the 1980s, and served as the first black Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town.

Tutu won the Nobel prize in 1984 and continues to push for democracy, freedom and human rights around the world.

The university graduated more than 5,000 students in its spring 2008 commencement.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 29245019 -