Tutu’s in town

Brent Finnegan -- September 21st, 2007

Nobel Peace Price recipient and primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa Desmond Tutu is speaking at the JMU Convocation Center this evening to accept yet another award for his life’s work. Unfortunately, I’m going to miss it. He has unique and relevant insight on many of the major issues of the day.

12 Responses to “Tutu’s in town”

  1. Emmy says:

    I really wish I could go to this! Someone go and let us know how it was!

  2. Gxeremio says:

    More Tutu quotes here. I doubt he will address our local immigration issues tonight, but I’d love to hear his thoughts.

  3. Joey Groah says:

    The speech tonight will be available via a live stream tonight on JMU’s website. There will be a link posted to the homepage later on this evening http://www.jmu.edu

    We shot video of some of the events Archbishop Tutu was involved in this morning and he’s a very engaging speaker with a easy-going, relaxed presence. If you can’t make the live event the stream should be running tonight.

  4. Emmy says:

    Oh awesome! Thanks Joey!

  5. eso says:

    Thanks for letting us know! I might watch it via the web. No standing in line, parking, etc …

  6. Josh says:

    Tonight’s event was very well attended. Tutu’s remarks were brief, expressing his belief that good always triumphs over evil, insights on how others perceive him and he perceives others and encouraging words for audience members to keep believing in their dreams.

    The introductions and commendations from the community were tremendous. Overwhelming even.

  7. Drew Richard says:

    There were very few empty seats that I saw. I was glad to see such a great turnout for this event. As Josh said, he didn’t speak long, but his words were very good. He is an amazing speaker. When presented with his honorary doctorate he did a little dance on stage. All around great night.

  8. Josh says:

    Tutu’s speech:

    “Goodness is powerful”
    http://www.jmu.edu/jmuweb/general/news/general9024.shtml

    FYI – this is a rough outline of what he actually said; they missed the whole shaking yourself, spreading wings, and soaring part. :-)

  9. Josh says:

    Coverage from The Breeze:

    Front page story ‘A living Gandhi’
    http://thebreeze.org/2007/9-24/top1.html

    Photos
    http://www.thebreeze.org/2007/9-20/multi_Tutu/

  10. You can also watch/hear the speech on JMU’s website, and the October eightyone will include the text of Tutu’s speech (except for the opening part where he thanks everybody), including parts where he went off the script published on JMU’s site.

  11. Joey Groah says:

    We’re working on video from the Friday morning Gandhi Center dedication including a brief signing, in addition to the video showing on the JMU site. Archbishop Tutu was as engaging and his comments peppered with the same humor as his Convo Center speech.

    The video will be used by JMU/the Gandhi Center, so it may pop up online. I’ll try to send a link when the video is finalized.

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