Fort Wayne’s NBC
July 16, 2020
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – After seeing photos and videos of Fort Wayne Police using tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters, the daughter of Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu announced she would come to the Summit City.
The group Faith in Indiana says Naomi Tutu was so moved by the images of the clashes that she reached out to say she would come to Fort Wayne to bring together clergy and elders in the community.
“She was able to see the photos of young people being tear gassed and to be able to hear about those rubber bullets. It pricked her heart. It hurt her. And immediately she knew that she needed to be here. And so she reached out and said ‘I’m coming,'” Cookye Rutledge of Faith in Allen County said.
Tutu is reportedly waiving her typical speaking fee for the event Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Promenade Park.
Because the seating is limited to 80 people, you can sign up here to watch her remarks online.
In 2013, Naomi Tutu spoke at IPFW as part of the Omnibus Series.