Articles in the History Category
Hiking, History, National Parks »
by Outdoor Afro Leader Zoë Polk
At Outdoor Afro, we always take the opportunity to turn a day off into a “day out;” that is- a time to join together with our community in nature. This Veterans Day was a particularly unique day out for us because we set our intention to honor the heroes of Port Chicago and all of the African American veterans in our lives. Through a reflective and brisk autumn hike to the summit Mount Wanda on John Muir Historic Site, we valued our journey together just as …
Adventurers, Biking, History »
”Every great dream begins with a dreamer…” – Harriet Tubman
This morning we were delighted to receive a message from Erick Cedeño, who said, “I traveled back to the 1800′s from New Orleans, LA to Niagara Falls, NY…along the Underground Railroad by bicycle to become an eyewitness to history and follow the footsteps of the Freedom fighters.”
Erick is a fine example of how it is possible to find connection with community, the past, and most importantly, yourself through nature.
Click to learn more about his journey and what motivated him:
african american, Education, Hiking, History, Reflections, Women »
By Outdoor Afro Leader Zoë Polk
An Outdoor Afro-Guided Tour of African American Women’s History in Richmond
As the last bit of sun disappeared along the horizon of the San Francisco Bay, Outdoor Afros gathered for a final check in of our hike of the Marina Bay Trail in Richmond, California. Going around the circle, we marveled at the African American history ingrained in the land around us. And we agreed that the beautiful waterfront setting was an honorable tribute to the women we’d learned about on our hike. As a slight …
Conservation, Environment, Family, History, Outdoors, Uncategorized »
By Zoë Polk
“CAN ANYONE NAME A SONG BY A BLACK ARTIST ABOUT BIRDING?” I asked. To be fair, I was having a little bit of fun with the group. It was a beautiful Saturday morning in Oakland and we were about to begin our hike into the redwood forest.
I had a song in mind that I was positive the group had heard many times before, but perhaps hadn’t thought of as about appreciating, studying, listening to birds. So then I sang some lyrics:
Rise up this mornin’,
Smiled with the risin’ sun,
Adventurers, beaches, History, Leadership, Place, Urban Nature »
by Zoë Polk
“I am a walker. Walked most of the major seaport cities of this country…. my favorite has always been and will be the city of St. Francis, San Francisco… To walk around Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park at seven o’clock on a cool, windy morning, with that fog rolling in from the ocean to smell the eucalyptus and the pine, not even your best wine is more intoxicant. Take Kennedy Drive to the Great Highway, stroll along Ocean Beach from the Cliff House to the zoo and …
Jul. 26, 1940: Street Shower Hagerstown, Md. |© Charles W. Cushman|
Lately, I have come upon many collections of photos online of black people, especially youth, connecting to nature in a variety of ways. Some images are sent to me by members of the OA community, and others I have found after researching image sources. There are just so many examples that share an historic visual narrative of organic connections to nature, now rarely seen in popular culture today.
Here is my new favorite above of children at play. Note the five kids to the …
Climbing, Diversity, Environment, Family, Hiking, History, Leadership, National Parks, Urban Nature, Water »
Outdoor Afros in Los Angeles explored local African American history and nature over the weekend – read on!
Alisha Pye here, I’m the Outdoor Afro Leader for Los Angeles. This week we decided to celebrate Spring by hiking at Solstice Canyon in Malibu which is located in the Santa Monica Mountains. It’s a beautiful hike with flowers in full bloom, waterfalls to enjoy, valleys and canyons to climb and picnic areas. We started on the stairs and continued on a steady incline until we came to an area of ruins that …
Our hearts melted when a member of the Outdoor Afro community on Facebook shared a link of photos, like the ones below that show images of black children enjoying and learning in nature in their 4-H camp in North Carolina in the 1940′s.
“What is old is new again.” one member commented. We could not agree more. Enjoy these timeless images that showcase examples of African American connections to nature over time.
Wake County – July 14-17, 1941, Camp Whispering Pines. Boys and girls enjoy a swim at the Wildlife Camp – at extreme …
My name is Nkrumah Frazier. I am a member of the Outdoor Afro Leadership team. Recently I was perusing some older pictures on my computer and stumbled across some pictures taken back in July of 2007 when my wife (Chelsea) and I reluctantly dropped our kids off at my mother’s house and hit the road headed to Birmingham, AL. We did not have a weekend worth of activities, sites and destinations already planned out. We had only decided to go a few days prior. I won’t attempt to talk about …
Architecture, Geocache, History, Ideas, Parks »
What exactly is Geocaching, you ask?
“Geocaching can be a fantastic way to spend some time outdoors, discovering and learning more about your world, in places both near and far, alone or with family and friends. It’s like treasure hunting, but the treasure is the experience.”
Guest Blog by Cat Clark tells us more about it!
When the weather in the Washington, DC area is mild, it allows me to enjoy one of my favorite outdoor activities: Geocaching!
Geocaching is a kind of high-tech scavenger hunt. Participants use handheld GPS receivers to find hidden …