Articles in the News Category
Leadership, News, Outdoor Afro Leadership Team »
A human rights attorney in San Francisco, a mom in Memphis, and an accountant from Chicago have something important in common…
They are a part of the Outdoor Afro Leadership Team to reconnect African Americans in their community back to nature! A total of 13 individuals were hand-picked out of a generous pool of applicants from around the United States to join the team. This 2013 class represents a variety of backgrounds, outdoor expertise, and key urban centers from around the country. Continuing the success of the previous pilot year, each leader …
Media, National Parks, News, Parks »
We are grateful to have been on CBS Bay Sunday Show, which aired in the San Francisco Bay area earlier this week. For those of you who live outside the area – or were out on a hike while the show aired here is the link to the video for you to enjoy and share!
Thanks to producer Akilah Bolden-Monifah, and the entire CBS Bay Area team for making the show happen – we had a blast! Please Like them on Facebook!
Adventurers, Events, News, Rivers, Water »
This has been a phenominal week for media coverage, and the Outdoor Afro community is thrilled about ABC-7 coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area that not only accurately highlighted who we are and our key messages, but also shared great images of folks enjoying nature! Special thanks to ABC reporter Ken Miguel who spent so much time with us on the American River and interpreted the experience perfectly!
Take a look!
This week, we learned Rue Mapp, Outdoor Afro founder and CEO, was selected as one of TheRoot.com 100 black achievers and influencers between the ages of 25 and 45!
See the entire list!
Founded in 2008 under the leadership of Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University, The Root offers a unique take on breaking news, provides solid analysis and presents dynamic multimedia content. The Root raises the profile of black voices in mainstream media and engages anyone interested in black culture around the world. It is owned by the Washington Post Company.
Breaking the Color Barrier in the Great Outdoors, Diversity, Environment, History, News, Parks, Place, Rivers, Uncategorized, Urban Nature, Water »
Who’s ready to bridge Earth Day with African American History Month all year round? Keep it locked on Bronx River Sankofa at Facebook where we also do that and love Outdoor Afro!
Let’s keep it real. From Zora Neale Hurston’s Eatonville Florida to Harlem NY’ s Marcus Garvey Park and vanished Senaca Village within Central Park, who writes the history of places helps shape their development and their accessibility to citizens and audiences. Let all with the capacity and access take the glorious burden of writing about the lands they trod. …
Conservation, Environmental Education, News »
Strengthening Outdoor Leadership Skills
Outdoor Afro is SO excited to share with its community the exciting news of winning a Toyota Audubon Together Innovation Green grant of over $17,000 this year to support our Bay Area Outdoor Afro Leadership Team!
As you know, Outdoor Afro celebrates and inspires African-American connections to nature through recreation and conservation activities. Currently, our social media-based effort engages tens of thousands of monthly visitors nationally through trips and online platforms.
But this year, we envisioned a wider scope of Outdoor Afro outreach – one that seeks not just …
Photos of a large tree tattooed on the chest of Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis on the Tattoos by Randy Myspace page are making a big stir today.
Thanks to urban forester Kemba of Urban Releaf for the initial sharing! The tat has now inspired her to recruit Monta to help plant trees in the local community!
News, social media »
Just got word that Outdoor Afro was nominated for Best Green/Nature/ Outdoor Blog for the Black Weblog Awards!
Please take a moment to vote for us — this is such a wonderful honor! The category we appear in is on page 5 of the ballot:
Click Here to VOTE!
The Black Weblog Awards was founded in 2005 to give recognition to Black bloggers.` What started out as a barely-known event has now grown into an international showcase. With participants from over 90 countries, the Black Weblog Awards stands out as one of the …
Environmental Education, History, News, Outreach, Parks »
Join National Park Service ranger Betty Reid Soskin and Rue Mapp of the social network Outdoor Afro as they discuss the state of African American participation in our national and regional parks.
I am honored to share the stage with Ms. Betty Soskin, who will share personal memories of East Bay life and working conditions during World War II and show a short film about Richmond’s Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park.
Following Ms. Soskin’s presentation, I will highlight the variety of city and regional parks in the …
Camping, Children and Nature, News, social media »
This week, I had the honor of presenting at the American Camp Association (ACA) the topic: Recognizing and Cultivating Diversity in Family Camp in beautiful San Diego, California at their annual conference.
ACA is a community of camp professionals who, for nearly 100 years, have joined together to share knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. ACA and Outdoor Afro have recently formed an educational partnership to help camps connect to the diverse Outdoor Afro community; and also help Outdoor Afro community members become more aware of …