Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima was honored to have the opportunity to dance for Archbishop Desmond Tutu this past Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Desmond Tutu is the first black South African Archbishop of Cape Town, and a South African activist. Desmond Tutu is mainly known for opposing the South African apartheid in the 1980s. Tutu has been active in the defense of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed. He has campaigned to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia.
As a result of those deeds, Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in (1984), the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism (1986), the Pacem in Terris Award (1987), the Sydney Peace Prize (1999), the Gandhi Peace Prize (2005), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009).
Mahalo for allowing us to share our culture with you, Archbishop Desmond tutu!