Throughout my life I have become tired of the question, "How come there are no Black people at the park, at the beach, climbing rocks or hiking trails." I have been active in all these things, and those African Americans I have grown up with have as well. Yet, I have to agree that in books, movies or magazines, people who look like me, other African Americans are usually left out. The general invisibility of African American images in nature and stereotypes that surround categorized images is a factor leading to the perception that African Americans do not participate in preserving, conserving, or enjoying nature.
The goal of this project is twofold. First, I want to reveal the role of photographic representation in shaping perceptions of African American participation in the conservation and environmental movements. Second, I intend to show historic images of African Americans protecting, enjoying nature and fighting for environmental justice. Finally, I have started a campaign to encourage African American communities to continue to maintain our history with nature.
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