Kenyan diplomat returns to MSU for ceremony

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Kenya’s ambassador to the United States, Elkanah Odembo, will be at Mississippi State University on Monday to help honor Wangari Maathai, author of “Unbowed.”

Odembo will join in a tree planting that celebrates the life and work of the late Nobel Peace Prize winner and African environmentalist. The ceremony also will commemorate the African Union’s designation of Sunday as “Wangari Maathai Day.”

Maathai, who died in 2011 at age 71, led in founding the Green Belt Movement. She went on to become internationally recognized for her persistent struggle for democracy, human rights and environmental conservation.

Along with chronicling her environmental efforts and work with the poor and underrepresented, the book documents her determination to get a grade school and college education, including a doctorate from the University College of Nairobi.

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