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Wangari Maathai Memorial Tree Planting

April 18, 2012

Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai preaching at White Plains Presbyterian ChurchWangari Maathai Memorial Tree Planting – Earth Day, Sunday, April 22

The White Plains community is invited to celebrate the life and legacy of Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai on Sunday, April 22 at 11am on the front lawn of White Plains Presbyterian Church.  Dr. Maathai, a native Kenyan, founded the Greenbelt Movement, a grassroots organization working for women’s rights and the environment and held a seat on Kenya’s Parliament until her untimely death last year.  The tree planting ceremony will feature Mayor Tom Roach, School Superintendent Chris Clouet, reflections by Mary Davidson, music and light refreshments.  This ceremony inaugurates tree plantings the following month by children at the George Washington Elementary School and the Ridgeway Elementary School on May 4.  The White Plains Presbyterian Church, located at 39 N. Broadway, housed the first US-based office of the Greenbelt Movement and supports the ongoing work to promote women’s rights and care for our environment.  Parking is available in the lot behind the church with entrances on both Barker and on Rockledge Avenues.  For questions contact the Rev. Jeffrey A. Geary, 914-761-8585 or


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