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Monday, September 26, 2011

I Will be a Humming Bird- Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai  1940-2011


I remember when my daughter had to do a review of the book  After Gandhi; 100 Years of Nonviolent Resistance.  This book profiled nonviolent activists from around the world and my daughter was quite taken by Wangari Maathai and empowered by her story.  The two following links share some of Maathai’s spirit and bold ambition. Her example ushered an awakening for Kenyan women and young people who were emboldened to harness their resources and take ownership of their lives-however daunting this endeavor might seem.



          I am so excited by the young writers coming of out Kenya and their unabashed honesty about how things stand in this world.   Few embody this more than the writer  Binyavanga  Wainaina.  Like many of us, including my daughter, we owe a debt to  Maathai for making us fearless and courageous in the face of what is right. What a legacy to leave behind.  Here is Wainaina’s How Not  To Write About Africa  narrated by actor Djimon Hounsou.

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