Wangari Maathai was a scholar, writer, environmental activist, human rights champion, and Nobel Prize laureatte. In her life and thought, she tenaciously sought to expose the precarious lives of people across a variety of communities: women, rural communities, political prisoners, Kenyans, Africans, and citizens of the global South saddled with the burdens of international debt.
She is without doubt a worthy subject for the latest addition to the Voices of Liberation series, published by the HSRC Press. Wangari Maathai’s registers of freedom explores the multiple legacies of her life and offers readers a glimpse into the life and thought of one of the 20th century’s most remarkable woman.
The Voices of Liberation series ensures that the debates and values that shaped the liberation movement are not lost. By providing access to the thoughts and original texts written by
or about some of the many men and women who fought for the dismantling of apartheid, colonialism and the capitalist legacy, this series invites the contemporary reader to engage directly with the rich history of the struggle for democracy. The source texts written by the eponymous subject are framed in an analytical lens that provides context and relevance for the modern reader. The title of the series speaks to its purpose, which is not only to make a particular voice resonate through a collection of original writings but to strengthen the ‘voices’ from the South and, in particular, from Africa.
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Timeline of the life of Wangari Maathai
Part 1 Her life
Early life: Under the mugumo tree
The National Council of Women of Kenya
Countering colonial cultures of nature
Green Belt Movement
Defending Uhuru Park and Karura Forest
Release Political Prisoners
Parliament and beyond
Nobel Peace Prize, 2004
Conclusion: Planting sustainable futures
Part 2 Her voice: Selected writings of Wangari Maathai
Foresters without Diplomas
The Power of the Tree
The Commitment to Service
Environment and Development
Nobel Prize Speech
Rise up and Walk! The Third Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture, 19 July 2005
Moving the Social Machine
Part 3 Her legacy
Can the Earth Be Belted?
Kenya’s Green Belt Movement
Slow Violence, Gender and the Environmentalism of the Poor
Stranger in the Ecovillage: Race, Tourism and Environmental Time
Wangari Maathai Was Not a Good Woman
Grace A Musila
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