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Wangari Maathai

Visionary, Environmental Leader, Political Activist

Namulundah Florence

Nobel Peace Prize laureate, fighter for democratic space, founder of the Green Belt Movement, and inspiration for women and grassroots activists throughout the world, the environmentalist Wangari Maathai (1940–2011) was a complex and multifaceted figure. In this book, fellow Kenyan Namulundah Florence offers an expansive examination of Maathai’s role as a public figure, educator inside and beyond the academy, symbol of resistance to oppression, and very visible woman in a patriarchal society.

Examining Maathai through the lens of feminist theory, Florence unpacks the social and political background of Maathai’s life and work and places her within the context of women’s struggles in Africa for self-determination and access to education and political power. In so doing, Florence reveals the complexities and many dimensions of this fascinating and extraordinary voice for women in Africa and beyond.

288 pp.  
6" x 9"

Lantern Books


Published:  October 2014


Namulundah Florence was born in Bungoma, Kenya, and teaches at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She holds a Ph.D. in education from Fordham University. Her work explores the impact of schooling on self-image and cultural identity and includes: bell hooks’ Engaged Pedagogy: A Transgressive Education for Critical Consciousness (1998); From Our Mothers’ Hearths: Bukusu Folktales and Proverbs (2005); Multiculturalism 101: The Practical Guide Series (2009); Immigrant Teachers, American Students: Cultural Differences, Cultural Disconnections (2011); and, The Bukusu of Kenya: Folktales, Culture and Social Identities (2011). See all books by Namulundah Florence

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