Tutu Foundation Ambassadors with message of hope for world peace
Nontombi Naomi Tutu, daughter of Nobel Prize winning peace and social justice campaigner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, has delivered a message of hope to young students in Miami.
Naomi, who is herself an activist for race and gender equality and also an Ambassador for the Tutu Foundation UK, was speaking at an undergraduate ceremony at the University of Miami. The message was simple and direct. Yes, the world’s a mess. There are school shootings in the United States, bombing raids in Syria, terrorist attacks in Europe and global warming. Bu,t like her iconic 86-year-old father - she refuses to be despondent. Reading her father’s words the reason became clear.
“I have had the opportunity to travel the world and interact with young people at universities, and I really do find them innovative, confident, and mightily impressive,” said "the Arch," as he is affectionately known. “I am convinced they will find the means and connections to clean up much of the mess we have left them.”
The University of Miami undergraduate ceremonies served as something of a meeting point for leading supporters of the Tutu Foundation UK.
Also taking part was the internationally famous flautist Sir James Galway's who received an Honorary Doctor of Musical Arts at the ceremony. Sir James, who was the very first Ambassador for the Tutu Foundation UK and has conducted master classes and private and group coaching lessons as a UM Distinguished Presidential Scholar, spoke of his continued passion for music. He closed by performing a traditional Irish tune on a tin whistle and later together with Lady Galway he spent time with fellow Tutu Foundation UK Ambassador Naomi Tutu and her daughter Mungi who is Patron of the Foundation.