See here for a Guardian article on Wangari Maathai
August, 2006, in Nairobi, Kenya: Then Sen. Barack Obama, wife Michelle, daughters Sasha, Malia and other children help plant tree with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai
President Barack Obama greets Kenyan professor Wangari Maathai in the doorway of the Oval Office, Oct. 5, 2009
Thanks Chips for posting this. I read this last night and it broke my heart. She was such a beautiful spirit and will be truly missed around the world. What a lady, a humanitarian, what a believer in life. I remember when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. There was a beautiful documentary on her and I fell in love with her then. Goodbye sweet spirit, we will miss you.
Thank you for this, Chips. I posted a link to the article. Do you mind if I link to the video and pics on 3 Chics? Appreciate it.
Hiya Ametia, you’re more than welcome to link anything at all on your wonderful blog, my complete pleasure
Mucho, Gracias! And may I say, it was a total blast joining the TOD community for live blogging during PBO’s smackdown of the CBC Saturday! I had soooooo much fun.
We enjoyed you too Ametia! And I so love 3 Chics’ Soulful Threads!!
Thanks Chips for posting – what an amazing woman! May she RIP.
What a phenomenal woman. May she rest in eternal peace.
Ut your commentary on this blog rocks, THAT.IS.ALL.
Thank you so much Ametia, your commentary also rocks because you make me laugh my head off with your wit and sense of humor; especially during the liveblogging of the CBC event on saturday.
The world has lost an amazing Sister. Rest in Blessed Peace, Beautiful Wangari.
Thanks Chips for posting this. May she rest in peace.
RIP Mrs Maathai
A first ‘met’ her about 2 years ago when a coworker invited staff to see the movie of her life’s work. It was an eye-opener for me as I’d never heard of her before. May she rest in peace and may the flame she ignited in her native land never be extinguished. I noticed in the clip Chips posted that Ms Maathai saw the attainment of freedom and the involvement of the individual in much the same way the President does – by empowering ourselves.
Beautifully stated, vcprezofan2.
RIP Wangari Maathai. Very sweet memories.
So very true vc.
Sister Maathai was a gentle soul who has found rest and peace. May her legacy live on.
What a beautiful woman! Reminds me of the insights and work of the President’s mother. Thank you for posting.
What an impressive and inspiring woman she was. She will be missed, but thankfully her legacy will live on – not only through all the trees she planted, but also through all the seeds of justice, equality, and democracy that she sowed among her people and more. I am so sad to hear this news today but I know she will never be forgotten.
thank you for this
A great spirit has left us with much to think upon. Rest in peace dear one. Her words:
“Anybody can dig a hole and plant a tree. But make sure it survives.
You have to nurture it, you have to water it,
You have to keep at it until it becomes rooted so it can take care of itself.
There are so many enemies of trees.” Wangari Maathai
Great woman!!! I was stunned to hear of her death last night. She will be greatly missed!!! Shalom!!!
May this lovely and effervescent lady rest in Heavenly peace. She left the world better than she found it.
Thank you so much for the video, GovChris, she was a truly remarkable woman, may she rest in peace.
Condolences to a woman who devoted her life to service others and better the woman and people in her country. May she rest in peace.
Incredibly sad news…
Eternal rest grant her oh Lord and let light perpetual shine on her…
May she rest in perfect peace…
This woman was well-loved in Japan. She introduced the ‘mottainai’ phenomenon (Don’t waste) there. I remember whenever my students found out I was African, they always said,”Ah, you must know Ms. Mottainai then”. The world is poorer without her yet richer at the same time because she lived….
Another great woman is gone. May she find peace wherever she is. But I’d wish such people lived longer to impact more on society.
An inspirational and phenomenal woman. The world has lost a ‘gem’ – may she RIP.
It is indeed a sad time.Wangari was one of the people that actually stirred up not only environmental issues but showcased the power of the African woman in creating change within Africa.She touched African households when African women were seen but never heard.SHE SPOKE TO US. Pongezi mama.
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