Desmond Tutu makes last public appearance in the Northwest

May 12, 2011

The former Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate, Desmond Tutu is scheduled to speak to more than seven-thousand people at the Tacoma Dome Friday night.

His appearance is expected to be his last public event on the West Coast as he settles into retirement. Tutu met with students a day before his talk at the Dome. He told them that even thought they may want to be famous someday and make huge changes in the world, it’s the little acts of compassion in life that make a difference

The event in Tacoma, called “Be The Spark,” will be attended by thousands of middle and high school students. The hope is that they will be inspired by Tutu’s message of peace, compassion and philanthropy to go out and make their own communities a better place.

Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for speaking out against apartheid, a system of racial segregation. He officially retired last October. He says he wants to spend more time with his kids and grandchildren, watch more cricket and bring his wife hot chocolate in bed.