Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has paid tribute to the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, who has died at the age of 90.
“Thank you for inspiring my generation Archbishop Desmond Tutu,” Pierre wrote on his official Facebook page.
According to the Saint Lucia Prime Minister, Tutu’s human rights and anti-apartheid work awakened and helped shape many Caribbean leaders’ consciousness.
“May we continue in your good stead, paying heed to your spiritual teachings,” Pierre stated.
Tutu was one of South Africa’s best-known figures at home and abroad.
A contemporary of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, he was one of the driving forces behind the movement to end the racial segregation and discrimination enforced by the white minority government against the black majority in South Africa from 1948 until 1991.
Tutu’s death comes just weeks after South Africa’s last apartheid-era president, FW de Klerk, died at 85.