Hats off to a black woman

Nelson Mandela’s great friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu, says that he was first influenced to become a Christian minister as a boy when he was out walking with his mother. They saw a white man walking towards them, and in those days in South Africa it was expected that a black woman should respectfully step off the pavement and let the white man pass. But on this occasion the white man stepped off the pavement and tipped his hat to her. It was the first time young Desmond had ever seen a white man pay respect to a black woman, and it made a profound impact on him. The white man was an Anglican minister named Trevor Huddleston, and that one simple act of Christian courtesy started a chain of events that led to the most astonishing example of racial reconciliation in human history.

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