Described as "South Africa's moral conscience" Desmond Tutu is a man of faith and action. He is among the ranks of Nobel Peace Prize winners, a friend of Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama, and in terms of the advocation and practice of peaceful protest, he is of Ghandi-caliber.
Considering the recent interest in Africa following the viral explosion of Kony 2012, it seems timely to consider one of the most positive forces to emerge from the continent in the course of it's history.
As a an Archbishop he has fought against homophobia and endorsed openly gay members of the clergy, providing they follow the traditional vows of celibacy. Despite being nearly 80 years old he remains outspoken about world issues. He has been accused of anti-semitism due to his condemnination of Israel's treatment of Palestinians and Israel's military and other connections with apartheid-era South Africa. Of Zionism he has pointed out it has "very many parallels with racism", on the grounds that it "excludes people on ethnic or other grounds over which they have no control".
On 28 April 2011, Tutu published a strongly worded article about Arizona Senate Bill 1070, which criminalises undocumented immigration in the US State of Arizona, and requires Arizona police to request immigration documentation of any person suspected of committing a crime, a clause which would require immigrants to carry documentation on their person at all times.
Considering the pervasive confusion about the Joseph Kony story and Invisible Children, why not go viral about a man who represents a legacy of hope? For every young person who was simultaneously shocked, frustrated and inspired by Kony 2012, they might do well to take some time to read, listen and learn a few tricks from one of the best.
For bonus points, Tutu has even spoken out regarding the exploitation of Canada's tar sands. Few have said it better:
Desmond Tutu Begs Canada to Abandon Tar Sands (via Gas 2.0)