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Essay On Wangari Maathai

The essay prize competition is named in honor of Wangari Maathai ( b.1940-d. 2011), the Kenyan scholar and activist who, in 2004, became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace prize. Wangari Maathai was Kenyan environmentalist who began a movement to reforest her country by paying poor women a few shillings to plant trees. She was the founder of the Green Belt Movement and authored four books: The Green Belt Movement; Unbowed: A Memoir; The Challenge for Africa; and Replenishing the Earth.

Born in Nyeri, a rural area of Kenya, Wangari Muta Maathai was the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree (1971).  She was internationally acknowledged for her struggle for democracy, human rights, and environmental conservation. According to the United Nations, at the time of her death, her Green Belt Movement had planted more than 30 million trees in Africa and helped nearly 900,000 women while inspiring similar efforts in other African countries.

The essay contest is therefore intended to encourage, in the spirit of Dr. Maathai, excellence in graduate and undergraduate scholarship on the experience of the Africa and it's Diaspora. A prize of $300 will be awarded for the best original essay on any topic in Afroamerican, Caribbean, and/or African studies in each of two categories: (a) Undergraduate student; and (b) Graduate student. The judges for the competition will be drawn from among the faculty and faculty associates in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies. The competition is open to all University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate students working on Afroamerican, Caribbean, or African topics. The paper must be written no earlier than January 1, 2014. Since DAAS is a multi-disciplinary program, the papers may be from a wide range of fields including, among others, anthropology, architecture, art, art history, business, drama, education, history, economics, education, health, journalism, law, literature, medicine, music, natural resources, nursing, policy studies, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, urban planning, women's studies, natural resources and environment. Papers written for courses are eligible.

Requirements:
Please send the following two items in the same email, but as separate email attachments. The attachments should be either Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word documents.

1. A completed essay coversheet.
Your cover sheet should include the following information:
- name
- student status (undergraduate or graduate)
- essay title
- course for which you wrote the essay (including semester and year)
- email address

2. Your essay.
-The essay should be no more than 6,000 words in length (approximately 30 pages).
-It should be typed, one-and-a-half spaced or double-spaced.
-The font should be no smaller than 11 point.
-There must be a title page. The title page must have the title of the essay and the word “graduate” or “undergraduate” directly below it; remove all other identifying information. Do not put your name, email, or course information on the title page.

Essays must be submitted by email to tasmit@umich.edu no later than 5:00 P.M., Friday, March 16, 2018. Important: Depending on your status, write the following in your email subject line: Essay Competition (undergrad) or Essay Competition (grad).

Prizes and certificates will be presented at the DAAS Graduation Ceremony. For further information, email daasinfo@umich.edu.

Wangari Maathai's Unbowed Essay

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Wangari Maathai’s Unbowed exhibited a story of a fight for human rights, the struggle and hardships of discrimination, and the pursuit of a human being believing in what is right. After reading Unbowed it really shed some light on previous historic events and political leaders she had in common with. I found that Maathai drew many comparisons to Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Two leaders that both fought for equality for their people Unbowed drew similarities to Marcos “The Fourth World War,” when Wangari explained Kenya’s rapid change in the early 1960’s and Alice Conklin’s “A Mission to Civilize.” These are just some of the main themes that I found coincided with the Wangari Maathai’s Unbowed. The reason I believe Maathai is similar to…show more content…

Wangari Maathai’s Unbowed exhibited a story of a fight for human rights, the struggle and hardships of discrimination, and the pursuit of a human being believing in what is right. After reading Unbowed it really shed some light on previous historic events and political leaders she had in common with. I found that Maathai drew many comparisons to Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Two leaders that both fought for equality for their people Unbowed drew similarities to Marcos “The Fourth World War,” when Wangari explained Kenya’s rapid change in the early 1960’s and Alice Conklin’s “A Mission to Civilize.” These are just some of the main themes that I found coincided with the Wangari Maathai’s Unbowed. The reason I believe Maathai is similar to Gandhi is due to her acts of protest in 1990. When a group of protesters were killed by the police at a rally for democracy, Maathai took action when many people were arrested for their protests. Maathai demanded that the locked up protesters be released. She led a group that threatened to starve themselves to death if the government did not release them. She would not resort to violence even if it meant she would be beaten and hospitalized as a result. Gandhi had strong beliefs in nonviolence when he protested for India’s independence; in fact Gandhi found the best nonviolent protestors were women, as Wangari and her people demonstrated. Her similarities to Gandhi don’t just end their, both Mohandas and Wangari were well educated. Gandhi

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