Category Archives: Reporting

Rabble-rouser for peace – SA Times
South Africa Times, London
Written by Elizma Nolte
Tuesday, 17 October 2006

We speak to John Allen, author of Desmond Tutu’s authorised biography, which was launched in London last week.

It was only natural that John Allen should be the person to write the authorised biography of Desmond Tutu. As his press secretary, he spent 13 years monitoring the former Archbishop’s every public spoken word.

When Tutu became Archbishop of Cape Town in 1987, Allen was perfectly placed for the job. As a journalist, he had reported on religion for The Star, before switching careers to work for a journalism union.

It …
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Timely reminders of greatness
Sunday Times, Johannesburg
Posted Oct 30, 2006
Michele Magwood

I worked out afterwards that it was precisely as Trevor Manuel was speaking that my husband was being robbed at gunpoint a few kilometres away.

Manuel had taken the microphone at the launch of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s biography, Rabble-rouser for Peace, and had launched into a stinging attack on the younger generation of South Africans, for their “exceedingly vulgar” ways, their greed and their lack of appreciation for the older generation — like Tutu “who lives in service of God and of his people”. Younger South Africans, he …
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As close as one can get to the “real arch”
The Weekender, Business Day
October 14, 2006
Desmond Tutu’s biographer defends himself against an accusation that he was too harsh, in an interview with REHANA ROSSOUW

John Allen
Random House

ARCHBISHOP Desmond Tutu’s official biographer John Allen worked for him for 13 years and was treated as a member of the Tutu family, but he does not believe this disqualified him from the task of narrating “the arch’s” life story.

“The first thing he said to me when I broached the idea was that he thought I would do something when I retired,” Allen says.

“Then he asked if it would …
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Desmond Tutu and John Allen speak at Trinity Church, Wall Street

More than 600 people gathered at Trinity Episcopal Church, Wall Street, in New York City on October 19 for a panel discussion with Nobel Peace laureate and Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu, and his former press secretary, South African journalist John Allen.

The topic of the discussion centered around Allen’s newly released biography about Tutu, “Rabble-Rouser for Peace.” Moderated by Dateline NBC correspondent and Trinity Church member, John Hockenberry, the discussion was webcast live and is archived for on-demand streaming at Trinity Church’s website.

In recounting his relationship with Tutu, Allen …
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Washington Post Feature: Rev’d Up

Rev’d Up

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Looks Back, Definitely Not in Anger

By Lynne Duke
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 9, 2006; C01


The cleric is laughing. He laughs a lot. He can’t help it. Desmond Tutu is tickled by his life, his faith, his God, so the giggles just bubble out, cresting sometimes in a hilariously showy cackle. The former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, the David to the old Goliath that was apartheid, Tutu can be seized with this joy at just about any time.

He might be talking about weighty issues like the moral imperative, …
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A legacy squandered
Sunday Herald – 29 October 2006 (Scotland)
By George Rosie

IT is easy to forget just how mind-numbingly petty South Africa’s system of “separate development” could be. Not only were the country’s non-white people denied the right to vote, live where they wanted, and forced to carry internal passports, but they existed under a burden of trivial regulation that must have sapped many spirits. That apartheid survived as long as it did – from 1948 to 1994 – speaks volumes about the forbearance of the black and “coloured” population of 20th …
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Biographer: ‘Rabble-rouser’ Tutu just can’t shut up

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) — He took on the apartheid government and was South Africa’s first black bishop. He lambastes presidents and likes to party with the stars. And at 75, Desmond Tutu still cannot keep quiet.

“Rabble-rouser for peace,” a new authorized biography of one of South Africa’s best-loved citizens, paints a picture of a man who revels in the limelight and adores the trappings of celebrity, but spends up to seven hours a day in silent prayer.

The book by Tutu’s former press secretary John Allen traces Tutu’s life from his humble …
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Desmond Tutu Discusses His Life as an Advocate for Peace
By Amanda Cassandra
New York
19 October 2006

Nobel Prize winner and influential religious leader Desmond Tutu was in New York to talk about South Africa’s struggle with apartheid and his personal path to becoming an activist as detailed in a new biography.

Archbishop Tutu discussed his career transformation from an Anglican priest to one of the founders of democracy in South Africa with John Allen, his friend and author of the book Rabble-Rouser for Peace: The Authorized Biography of Desmond Tutu.

Tutu says he did not start out wanting to be a civil rights leader.

“I didn’t …
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Tutu Urges All Faiths To Avoid Harmful Generalizations
BY GABRIELLE BIRKNER – Staff Reporter of the Sun
October 19, 2006

The Anglican archbishop who rose to fame as a fervent but always peaceful opponent of South African apartheid, Desmond Tutu, last night urged Christians to avoid making sweeping generalizations about members of other religions.

“Today, when we say, ‘That faith is a faith that encourages violence,’ we have to look at ourselves in the mirror,” he told more than 600 people who packed Manhattan’s Trinity Church. The 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner then condemned Christianity’s role in historical atrocities such as slavery, …
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Q & A: Desmond Tutu,8599,1547110,00.html

The South African Archbishop talks about aging, Darfur and Nelson Mandela’s sense of style

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006

Desmond Tutu may be retired, but he isn’t retiring. Wise and witty as ever, the Nobel-prizewinning South African Archbishop remains an outspoken and compelling figure 12 years after his nonviolent activism helped abolish apartheid. Earlier this month, he marked his 75th birthday with the release of his authorized biography, Rabble-Rouser for Peace. Tutu talked with Time’s Sonja Steptoe about aging, the divisions in the Anglican Church and Nelson Mandela’s questionable sense of style.

TIME: What’s …
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