Naomi Tutu at Northeast State March 25

Northeast State Community College and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies welcomes Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to campus on March 25 as keynote speaker for Women’s History Month.

Tutu will give her lecture entitled “What Gift Do You Bring” at 1:30 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the main campus in Blountville.

Born in South Africa during apartheid, Tutu faced the challenges of growing up black and female to become an activist for human rights.  In her speeches, she blends the passion for human dignity with humor and personal stories.

Tutu was born in South Africa and has also lived in Lesotho, the United Kingdom and the United States. Naomi Tutu started her public speaking as a college student at Berea College in Kentucky in the 1970’s when she was invited to speak at churches, community groups and colleges and universities about her experiences growing up in apartheid South Africa.

As chairperson of the Tutu Foundation, she helped South African refugees in African countries get scholar-ships to learn skills that would make them self-supporting while in exile. In addition to speaking, Tutu is a consultant to the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence and the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Her lecture is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact 354.2554 or