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On Taking Risks and National Parks

The national parks are our treasures, and I remain grateful for the multiple ways my organization, Outdoor Afro, and many others like it, have successfully partnered with park staff, scholars, and volunteers to help shift the visual representation and physical presence of who gets outdoors.  Engaging more people around the country with the tremendous assets…

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A Special Birthday Message From Rue Mapp

Dear Friends, This October, I celebrate my 43rd birthday. I am proud to share this number, as I mark each year as both a blessing and a triumph. This year also marks the fifth anniversary of the blog I whimsically named Outdoor Afro. As you all know, that blog was a key in the door…

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Diverse Environmental Leadership Launch

New Speakers Bureau Launches as the Voice for Diversity and Inclusion in National Parks, Outdoor Environments, and Environmental Organizations Diverse Environmental Leaders to share expertise on impact of diverse outreach and perspective on public lands and environment. Photo: Dudley Edmondson The Diverse Environmental Leaders (DEL) speakers bureau brings together a dynamic ensemble of individuals with vast experiences…

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Outdoor Afro Partner Spotlight–Caroleigh Pierce, Klean Kanteen

Who are Outdoor Afro’s partners? What do these partnerships mean?  We are asked these types of questions frequently, and in response, decided to launch a short series of brand partner spotlights to share how they work with Outdoor Afro, and the passionate people who drive them. Introducing:    Since meeting founder Rue Mapp at Outdoor…

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Cycling in Honor of Marshall W. “Major” Taylor

By, Viva Yeboah (Outdoor Afro Chicago) “There are positively no mental, physical or moral attainments too lofty for the Negro to accomplish if granted a fair and equal opportunity.” — Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor, World Champion Cyclist In honor of Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor, famous Black cyclist, Outdoor Afro Chicago joined Red Bike & Green-Chicago (RBG)…

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A Special Bay Area Evening: Postcards From Yosemite

Join award winning journalist Belva Davis in conversation with Outdoor Afro members who will report back from their June 7-8, 2014 trip retracing the trail the Buffalo Soldiers forged from the Presidio of San Francisco into Yosemite National Park! This interactive evening will include: Oral narratives of Outdoor Afro participants in the trip, including members of the…

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Retracing the Path of Buffalo Soldiers to Yosemite

Joining folks around the country in celebration of the second annual African Americans National Parks Day, Outdoor Afros in Northern California embarked on a special trip to Yosemite Valley, commemorating the numerous contributions of the Buffalo Soldiers, some of our nation’s first park rangers. Check out this wonderful video of our experience below! Buffalo Soldiers…