Archbishop Desmond Tutu To Give Last U.S. Speech In Hartford

May 19, 2011

Archbishop Desmond Tutu will give his last public speech in the U.S. tomorrow night in Hartford. Tutu says his message will call on young people to change the world.

Tutu says he'll warn his audience to look out for people like him -- "oldies," he calls them.

"For goodness sake, don't allow yourself to be infected by the cynicism of oldies. Dream, dream that this world can become better," he says.

Tutu's speech will kick-off the World Youth Peace Summit to be held in Hartford this summer. The Archbishop, famous for his anti-apartheid activism, is set to retire next month and tomorrow's speech will be his last in the U.S.

Even though Tutu is retiring from appearances, his life-long activism isn't likely to stop. He's been an outspoken critic of Israel's relationship with Palestine and says a quick resolution to that conflict is critical for all of the Middle East.

"The fact of the matter is that until that situation is sorted out, we're not really going to get peace anywhere," he says.

But Tutu also says he's confident in younger generations.

"An oldie like me is going to disappear into the sunset, thrilled that the world is in safe hands, the hands of these beautiful, extraordinary young people," he says.

Tutu will speak at the XL Center in downtown Hartford.