Environmentalist Wangari Maathai

Environmental activist and Nobel laureate discusses her time in the U.S. during the civil rights era, the negative media attention on Africa and challenges for the African citizenry.

Wangari Maathai was the first African woman to become a Nobel laureate, winning for her democracy and environmental reform campaigns. She was also the first woman in Kenya to earn a Ph.D. and hold a University of Nairobi professorship. Maathai created the Green Belt Movement, Kenya's successful reforestation program and, in '05, was elected the first president of the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council. She analyzes bottlenecks to the continent's development in her book, The Challenge for Africa.
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