NYC Private School Mom Wins Nobel Peace Prize

by NYC Firm Schools on October 8, 2011

The mother of a student attending one of New York City’s outstanding Firm Schools has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011. The name of the recipient is Leymah Gbowee, who is a peace activist responsible for uniting Christian and Muslim women to stand up for the civil rights of children and families in Liberia during the country’s second Civil War.

Students at Marymount School, where Ms. Gbowee is the mother of a student, recently engaged in a religious studies assignment to identify modern day prophets and Ms. Gbowee was one of the subjects of that assignment. Ms. Gbowee was a featured speaker at Marymount’s 2011 commencement and their 85th Founder’s Day event.

Ms. Gbowee is also featured in an upcoming Documentary titled “Pray The Devil Back To Hell,” which will air on PBS on October 18, 2011. The film was produced by Abigail Disney (Walt Disney’s grandniece), the mother of two Marymount alumnae.

Pray The Devil Back To Hell (trailer) from ro*co films on Vimeo.

The Marymount School is an all-girls Catholic school well known for preparing its students for the academic rigors of college life. It consists of a Lower School, a Middle School and an Upper School.

Ms. Gbowee, while a local hero (both at Marymount and in NYC) for her contributions to peace, is not the sole winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. She will share the honor with two fellow activists for peace, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and pro-democracy activist Tawakul Karman of Yemen.

Congratulations to all three of these incredible women.

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