Remembering Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai
Join the African Student Union, the Women's Resource Center, the Black Student Union, and the African Studies, Biology and Environmental Studies departments and the Chaplain's Office for a service in memory of Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai (born April 1, 1940-Died September 25, 2011), including a movie called "Taking Root."
Wangari Maathai was born in Kenya and was the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree. She established the Green Belt Movement (GBM) in 1977. GBM has been responsible for bringing the environmental agenda into mainstream politics. Dr. Maathai served on several boards including the Prince Albert of Monaco Foundation, the Oslo Award, and The Chirac Foundation. She and the GBM received the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2005, she was named by Forbes magazine as one of the 100 most influential women in the world. Until her recent death, she also served as the UN Goodwill Ambassador of the Congo Basin Forest Ecosystem and Co-Chair of the Congo Basin Fund.