Ruth and Kofi Annan at Macalester

Heidi Moon  |  Posted: Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

In the picture on the cover of the Star Tribune today, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and patron alumnus Ruth Stricker Dayton (founder of The Marsh) socialized after a ceremony at Macalester College on Monday, where Annan was honored with the renaming of the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship in his honor.

Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations, returned to his alma mater in St. Paul on Monday and credited Macalester College for shaping him for a career in diplomacy.

“It all started here in 1959 when I was a student,” Annan said. “The values and lessons I picked up here stayed with me throughout my life.”

Annan, a member of the class of 1961, was on campus for the renaming of the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship in his honor. In a series of events on campus, the Ghanaian diplomat and Nobel Peace Prize winner met with his classmates, held a conversation about world affairs with the college president and told students they are never too young to be leaders.

“Today we have a lot of young people leading in the world, including those who want to end gun violence in this country,” Annan said, referring to activism related to the recent mass shootings on school campuses across the United States.

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter introduced Annan before the unveiling and mentioned his memories of growing up in St. Paul when Annan was secretary-general of the U.N. — and an inspiration to him.

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