|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.