Desmond Tutu to speak at Michigan State graduation

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University says South African activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu will speak at the school's undergraduate commencement ceremony May 8.

The East Lansing school says it's giving Tutu an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Past honorees include Nelson Mandela, Coretta Scott King and Maya Angelou.

Tutu is the retired Anglican archbishop of Cape Town and became the first black general secretary of the South African Council of Churches in 1979.

He won the peace prize in 1984 for efforts to use sanctions and other nonviolent tactics to end white minority rule in his homeland.

Admission to the ceremony at the Breslin Center is free and open to the public.

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