The Chicago Center for Cultural Connections honors Archbishop Desmond Tutu at their Interfaith Breakfast on October 24, 2008

Written by: Barbara Abrajano, Executive Director
Chicago Center for Cultural Connections

"For almost seventy-five years, this human relations organization has stood the test of time and we are proud to continue that tradition as the Chicago Center for Cultural Connections. On behalf of Connections, I would like to extend our congratulations to Archbishop Tutu and applaud him for his extraordinary leadership. It is a privilege to be with him in this room and to recognize such a man of God and a messenger for peace and justice as we pay tribute to him. Particularly, I want to thank Archbishop Tutu for his extraordinary contributions in race relations, non-violence, promoting common ground, reconciliation and in human rights. Archbishop Tutu, we are so honored to have you here with us today."

I want to thank the Sponsors of this breakfast: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.; The Boeing Company; CHASE, Chicago Board of Education; Trench-It, Inc.; and Cook County State’s Attorney Richard Devine for the extraordinary support of many religious leaders from many traditions as well as individual contributors. And I particularly want to thank my Board for their commitment and their leadership.

As I am speaking, our organization is hosting a Leadership Conference for Young People at Chase Bank Auditorium from the generosity of many of you in this room. After this breakfast, Archbishop Tutu will be joining them and will speak to them on “How One Must Lead for Justice to be the Change for Tomorrow”.

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