I was 5 years old when South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu won the Noble Peace Prize for his work to end apartheid in that country in 1984.
It would be years until people of my generation likely learned about his nonviolent efforts to end legalized bigotry. Even if we did understand his efforts, it might have seemed more like a foreign history lesson rather than a call for personal introspection, which a figure such as Tutu encourages.
Whether you've studied Tutu's life or learned about him in history class, you will get the chance to hear the icon speak at 7:30 p.m., tonight at the Tacoma Dome.
The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation is presenting the event, "Be the Spark," which they say will be one of his last U.S. public appearances.
Patch will be there, and we're wondering if any of our users are going. We'd love to hear from you.
Also, we wondered the following question: