Rigoberta Menchú: Healing Communities Torn by Racism and Violence
Indian rights advocate Rigoberta Menchú. In Her 1983 autobiography, Rigoberta Menchú chronicles the oppression suffered by the indigenous people of her country at the hands of elite landowners and a right-wing military regime. Her book drew international attention to the atrocities of the Guatemalan army, became a staple on many college campuses and propelled Menchú to the Nobel Prize in 1992. Menchú was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and ran for president of Guatemala in September of 2007, the first indigenous candidate in the country's history.