The belief that there is still much to
do to eradicate the legacy of three centuries of racial oppression is what spurs
Naomi Tutu to continue to speak out about the situations in South Africa. Tutu,
third daughter of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Nomalizo,
founded and was the chairperson of the Tutu Foundation, which from 1985 until
1990, helped South African refugees in African countries. The Foundation gave
refugees scholarships so that they could learn skills that would make them
self-supporting while in exile as well as preparing them for constructive roles
in the free South Africa.
Tutu, born in Krugersdorp, South
Africa, holds a BA in Economics and French from Berea College, in Berea, KY, and
an MA in International Economic Development from the Patterson School of
Diplomacy and International Economic Development at the University of Kentucky.
In addition, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Universal Orthodox
College of Ogun State, Nigeria in 1985. She is currently writing her
dissertation for a doctorate with the London School of Economics while teaching
in the School of Education at the University of Connecticut at Storrs.
Upon completing her Masters, Tutu
served as a consulting associate for Equator Advisory Services Ltd., a private
consulting firm in sub-Saharan Africa and carried out consulting work in South
Africa looking into educational and professional opportunities for black women.
Since then, Tutu has taught courses on development issues and education in
Africa at the Universities of Hartford and Connecticut and Brevard College in
North Carolina. Tutu has also worked at the University of Cape Town where she
was a program coordinator at the African Gender Institute. She was in charge of
programs on race and gender and the gender-based violence in education.
Presently, Tutu is program coordinator
for the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University. The Institute is charged
with focusing on the problem of racism in the global community. She has received
numerous awards and honors from different organizations such as the California
State Legislature, the Kentucky State Branches of the NAACP, the Boston City
Council, Outstanding Youth Women of America, Who's Who of Africans in America
and Dollars and Sense magazine.