The daughters of renowned South African activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu will make an appearance at the University at Albany as part of a weeklong celebration at the college.
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The coming week will highlight UAlbany's strengths in research, scholarships, campus life, diversity and community engagement, as well as celebrating the formal inauguration of Robert Jones as the college’s 19th president.
Race and gender activist Nontombi Naomi Tutu and HIV treatment/AIDS researcher Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe are the daughters of Nobel Laureate and renowned South African social rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The sisters grew up in South Africa under apartheid. Now, they lobby for peace and social justice, carrying on the legacy of their famous father through their work in the areas of racial reconciliation, equality, women's issues, and HIV/AIDS.
Their UAlbany conversation will be hosted by President Jones, whose relationship with their father goes back to 1983.
When Jones began working with Tutu, there were less than 5-thousand college educated black South Africans in the country. After a decade, more than 3-thousand were educated in American universities under the program.
During his work, Jones got to know the Tutu sisters... today, Nontombi Naomi Tutu looks forward to visiting the UAlbany campus and reuniting with Jones.
I asked Tutu to give us an idea of her thoughts on UAlbany — the school, the students, alumni, and faculty.