Congratulations to Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

One of Berkeley’s recent visitors was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today! Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, is among three women who received the internationally recognized award for their nonviolent role in promoting peace, democracy and gender equality, according to a New York Times article published today.

Berkeley students experienced an unprecedented visit from Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2009 when she joined us on campus for the day. Her Excellency’s visit was a historic opportunity for Berkeley students to meet a world leader known for being a promoter of peace, justice and democratic rule. Her visit was made possible by Berkeley parent David A. Straz, Jr., the Honorary Consul to the Republics of Liberia and Honduras. Straz's daughter, Keebler ’14, introduced Her Excellency during her address to the student body.
 
During her speech, Her Excellency spoke about the importance of education and the role of women in leadership. She also answered several questions from students. One child asked what Berkeley students could do to help Liberia. “Instead of throwing away your books, put them in a box and send them to us," Her Excellency replied. She also thanked Berkeley for “being great friends and supporters of Liberia.” A few months later, students responded to her request for books by donating more than 5,500 school supplies and books to Liberian schoolchildren.
 
We congratulate Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and for making a positive difference in the world!

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