Introducing the Outdoor Afro Leadership Team for 2013!

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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…

Catch Rue Mapp of Outdoor Afro on CBS Bay Area

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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…

Check Out ABC Coverage of a Recent Trip!

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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…

We Made The Root 100!

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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,…

Almost 400 Years of Black History in a New York City Park

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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…

Outdoor Afro Wins a Toyota Together Green Innovation Grant!

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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…

Monta Ellis as Landscape Canvas

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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…

Outdoor Afro Nominated for a Black Weblog Award!

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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…

African Americans in the Natural World

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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…

Outdoor Afro Goes to the American Camp Association Conference!

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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…