7 pieces of wisdom from Archbishop Desmond Tutu

by Will Worley, for CNN

Updated 11:27 AM ET, Sat September 17, 2016
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Read some of the most memorable quotes from Desomnd Tutu, the iconic champion of human rights, as well as find out more about the key events of his life so far. Don MacKinnon/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Born in 1931, Tutu works as a teacher in the mid-1950s but resigns in 1957 in protest of government restrictions on education for black children. GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
In 1961, Tutu is ordained an Anglican priest. Fourteen years later, he becomes the first black appointed Anglican dean of St. Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg. RODGER BOSCH/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
In 1984, Tutu becomes the second South African, after Chief Albert Lutuli, to win the Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to end apartheid. Ron Galella/WireImage/AP
In 1986, Tutu is elected Archbishop of Cape Town, becoming the head of the Anglican Church in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho. AFP/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
In 1995, Tutu is selected by South African President Nelson Mandela to chair the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He presents the Commission's final report to South African President Thabo Mbeki in March 2003. PHILIP LITTLETON/AFP/Getty Images
In July 18, 2007, Mandela announces the formation of The Elders, a group of elder statesmen from around the world that will work to solve global problems. Among the members of the group are Desmond Tutu, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Ela Bhatt. In September 30, 2007, Tutu leads The Elders on their first mission, to Darfur in Sudan. AFP/Getty Images/File
In 2009, Tutu is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/AFP/Getty Images