Delta Prize for Global Understanding awarded to Desmond Tutu

— May 1, 2000

ATHENS, Ga. — Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been chosen as the 2000 recipient of the Delta Prize for Global Understanding, an international award established by the University of Georgia with funding from Delta Air Lines.

Tutu will be recognized for helping end apartheid in South Africa and promoting reconciliation in its aftermath. "Archbishop Tutu is a living symbol of peaceful change and understanding," said Gary Bertsch, director of UGA's Center for International Trade and Security and co- chair of the Delta Prize program.

Tutu is the second recipient of the prize, which carries with it a $10,000 cash award. The inaugural prize went last year to former President Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter and the Atlanta-based Carter Center.

"Our aim in establishing the Delta Prize was to honor individuals or groups that successfully promote peaceful solutions to intercultural conflicts," said Betty Jean Craige, director of UGA's Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the other co-chair of the award program. "By showing the world that lasting peace requires justice, and by demonstrating how such justice may be achieved, Archbishop Tutu exemplifies the leadership the Delta Prize recognizes."

Tutu is scheduled to accept the award at a July 25 ceremony in Atlanta. A symposium will be held prior to the ceremony. Ali Mazrui, creator of the nine-part PBS documentary "The Africans," will give the symposium address.

"The creation of the Delta Prize for Global Understanding demonstrates the University of Georgia's commitment to advancing international understanding and cooperation," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "We are grateful to Delta Air Lines for partnering with us to make this award possible."

Nominees for the Delta Prize for Global Understanding are solicited from around the world. Selected University of Georgia students research the work of those nominated and prepare information for an international selection board that meets annually to choose the prize recipient.

A team of UGA students helps solicit nominations and also gathers information about nominees. The award recipient is chosen by an international selection committee.

Nomination forms and information can be accessed via this site or can be requested by calling 706/542-3966.

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