Celebrating Black Leaders in Environmental Justice
Updated: Feb 23
It's Black History Month for those of us in the US and Canada (it is celebrated in October in the UK and countries in Europe). Given that ISWEJ’s roots are in the US, we would like to take this opportunity to remember and highlight Black history, leadership, and achievement.
Different groups and organizations have their own ways of marking the occasion of Black History Month, and we hope to do so by sharing links to talks, articles, and resources by and about Black environmental and climate justice leaders.
It is critical for social workers to recognize and celebrate the work of Black leaders and activists who laid the foundation of the environmental and climate justice movements, as well as those tirelessly working to build a better future.
This list is by no means exhaustive, and we would love to hear from you to add to it!
Organizations & Communities:
Black Girl Environmentalist (@blackgirlenvironmentalist)
Mama Johnson: A Visionary Who Inspired Her Country (a profile on Hazel Johnson)
A Translator for the Climate Crisis, Grief Included (a profile on Mary Annaïse Heglar)
Ducre, K. A. (2018). The Black feminist spatial imagination and an intersectional environmental justice. Environmental Sociology, 4(1), 22-35.
Gomez, A. M., Shafiei, F., & Johnson, G. S. (2011). Black women's involvement in the environmental justice movement: an analysis of three communities in Atlanta, Georgia. Race, Gender & Class, 189-214.
Perkins, T. (2021). The multiple people of color origins of the US environmental justice movement: social movement spillover and regional racial projects in California. Environmental Sociology, 1-13.
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