Desmond Tutu press conference
held in School of Communications


Archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, was the keynote speaker at Elon University's Spring Convocation for Honors April 2. Earlier in the day, he held a news conference with members of the regional media in McEwen School of Communications Studio B. Students and faculty members mixed with media people from Raleigh, Burlington and Greensboro at the gathering.

Tutu smiled as he entered the news conference and greeted his audience. But the Nobel Peace Prize winner quickly turned his thoughts to the war with Iraq. "This is a war that should not have happened," Tutu told reporters. "But the war is happening and one wants to express condolences with all those who have lost love ones in this country and in Iraq."

When asked about reconstruction after the war, Tutu said, "I would hope that the United States would allow the United Nations to play a prominent role in that."

Tutu said young people should be encouraged to promote peace. "We need to keep reminding them that they are not yet cynical," he said. "They can say, 'We are pro-peace.'"

Tutu became the first black Anglican bishop of Johannesburg in 1985 and was named archbishop of Cape Town in 1986. He continued to call for an end to forced segregation until apartheid collapsed in 1994, following the election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa. Mandela appointed Tutu to head a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate human rights violations.

Several local and regional media outlets covered the event, including WFMY-TV (CBS), WGHP-TV (FOX), WXII-TV (NBC), Time Warner Cable's News 14 in Raleigh, Elon Student Television, The Pendulum and WFDD-FM in Winston-Salem.



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