As an African American, I have loved nature throughout my life. My family first introduced me to nature in many ways. As a child, I went to Jamaica to spend time with my grandparents and other relatives staying on a farm and playing by the ocean. My parents often took my brother and me to a cabin in the woods in upstate New York as children. I had complete freedom roaming the woods, crawling into caves, fishing on the pier, and rowing on the lake.
Much of my love of nature has translated professionally and vocationally. I have a Ph.D. in United States social history with an emphasis on African American and environmental history. Later, I taught at Morehouse College, Tulane University, and Loyola Marymount University, incorporating my expertise concerning the African Diaspora and the environment into my classes.
I recently completed my M.Div. in Faith, Health, and Science at Emory University, which allowed me to expand my expertise on the environment and religion. I am currently serving as the Coordinator of the Office of Diversity Development and Inclusion at the Western Pennsylvania Conference Center of the United Methodist Church. Part of my passion is advocacy for impoverished and marginalized people affected by environmental disparity including access to recreational spaces and healthcare.
Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Heritage was published in 2010 and is available online and at bookstores as a paperback and Kindle e-Book. In 2006, I co-edited “To Love the Wind and the Rain”: African Americans and Environmental History with Mark Stoll with the University of Pittsburgh Press.
With the publication of Rooted in the Earth, I have done television, radio, public presentations, and book signings. Highlights include a television interview with JJ on Atlanta, Peachtree TV; a radio/online interview with the Memphis Public Library; and a lecture at DePaul University.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.