A Sea of White

Bright colors and patterns are often associated with the indigenous dress particularly that of the women of African nations, but “A sea of white” is its new metaphor for its soul. In truth and courage, Leymah Gbowee rallied the women of Liberia to pray for peace in the midst of a civil war that was anything but–daily life knew only violence, rape and murder. Gbowee said in a recent interview, it wasn’t a conscious decision but a must to stand up to Charles Taylor and his thugs and face being killed for what would be perceived as treason. Gbowee and her fellow women activists showed their defiance by showing up–wearing white–in great numbers. In her own words, Gbowee said what could the soldiers do when confronted “with a sea of white” brave, peaceful–defiant- women in great numbers holding up a mirror to its evil? These brave women paved the way to for the election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to the presidency of Liberia, the first female head of state anywhere in Africa. Johnson-Sirleaf has a new book This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President and appeared on the Daily Show to talk about it. To read more about Leymah Gbowee and the Women of Liberia see: http://bit.ly/Q5ZYi.

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