Tuesday, April 01, 2008

April 1 Birthday: Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai, peace advocate
Apr. 1, 1940-

Paths to Peace: People Who Changed the World by Jane Breskin Zalben (Dutton, 2006)

A member of the Kikuyu ethnic group, Maathai has and is doing much to make the world a better place. Among other things she is interested in the green movement and women’s rights. She won the Nobel Peace Prize because she “stood up courageously against the former oppressive regime in Kenya.”

Read the press release from the Nobel Peace Prize for Maathai received in 2004.