As a young girl growing up in Krugersdrop, South Africa, Nontombi Naomi Tutu remembers wondering why, when her family took road trips to visit her grandparents, they would have to register with the local police before they could enter the community even though both of her own parents had grown up there.
Such were the daily indignities and inconveniences of growing up black under the nation's repressive apartheid era.
“It was a horrible time,” Tutu says.
“We knew people who were beaten, tear gassed, died in police custody and some who just disappeared and were never heard from again.”
Tutu is the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the first black Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town who helped bring worldwide attention to the struggle against apartheid in the 1980s. Among his many awards, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.
Naomi Tutu will appear at The Millennium Hotel Thursday to discuss her first-hand accounts of apartheid, and how racism and violence can destroy the fundamentals of a community. Go here to read Amanda Amsel's full interview.