A Passing: Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai

“The top of the pyramid is blinded by insatiable appetites backed by scientific knowledge, industrial advancement, the need to acquire, accumulate and over consume.  The rights of those at the bottom are violated every day by those at the top.”  Wangari Maathai, London, 1988

Wangari Maathai, 71, died of ovarian cancer Sunday in a Nairobi hospital.  Maathai is best known for creating the Green Belt Movement in the 1970s, which among other notable accomplishments, has planted tens of millions of trees around Kenya.  She was the voice of environmentalism in Kenya and beyond.  Her focus was the improvement of the lives of women and the building of sustainable relationships between people the land and education.

For her noble efforts, Maathai was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.  The first African woman to win the coveted prize.  It seems like it was just yesterday when Maathai drew the attention of the world stage.

The beautiful Black woman with the beautiful white smile and distinctive accent–graciously, yet with a sense of purpose (and opportunity to accomplish more), accepting her Prize and Place as an advocate for Black women across the diaspora.

If you have a moment, please read the Wikipedia entry of this great woman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wangari_Maathai.

 

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