Death of Wangari Maathai

April 1, 1940 - September 26, 2011
Nairobi, Kenya | Age 71

First African woman to win Nobel Peace Prize dies at 71
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JASON STRAZIUSO, The Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's former president called her a mad woman. Seen as a threat to the rich and powerful, Wangari Maathai was beaten, arrested and vilified for the simple act of planting a tree, a natural wonder Maathai believed could reduce poverty and conflict.

Former elementary school students who planted saplings alongside her, world leaders charmed by her message and African visionaries on Monday remembered a woman some...

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