Outdoor black: black people do not want to walk or camp to destroy the stereotype.

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Outdoor black: black people do not want to walk or camp to destroy the stereotype.

In 2009, Rue Mapp was considering business schools, weighing the pros and cons, and wondering if this was the right choice. Former Morgan Stanley analysts turned to her mentor for advice. But her mentor didn’t give her an answer, but instead asked a question: if you could do anything now, what would it be?

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In 2009, Rue Mapp started outdoor African americans on blogs and Facebook. The group has 7,000 active members across 18 cities across the country.

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In this way, ma knows that mba will not be in her future. Instead, she decided to take everything she liked – from nature to community to technology – to an organization that reconnected African americans to the outdoors.

Two weeks after her mentor asked a simple question, Mapp USES Facebook and blogs to launch the outdoors. She began to write about her love of nature and her experience as the only black person in many hiking and camping activities. The story resonates with many other African americans who write to her and say they are tired of being “the only one”.

Mapp starts to change that. Outdoor African americans use social media and volunteers to organize outdoor leisure activities for African americans across the country, such as camping, hiking, birding, cycling and skiing. Six years after its launch, the U.S. cities have 30 well-trained leaders and 7,000 active members. The group’s slogan says everything: “the place where black meets nature.”

Mapp maintains that training new volunteers and leaders is central to the plan. She said: “I think, in order to let us see more diverse in nature and real representative of the crowd, looks like the United States, it is necessary to have like America’s leadership,” she said.

As part of the latest round of training, is suing Afro state protection training center in West Virginia recently held a three-day intensive workshops, content covers how to wear different outing, points out that plants and animals, advertising language in the social media. Almost all of us have volunteers who have been taught how to take home in their communities.

Some are veterans of the organization, such as Zoe Polk. She is the leader of the San Francisco outdoor African and civil rights lawyers. She started her journey four years ago and remembers her first failure.

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When she was not a civil rights lawyer, Zoe Polk was training other outdoor African leaders to guide newcomers and experts on natural Tours.

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“I chose a snowshoe trip from the volcanoes national park in Las Vegas, about four hours from San Francisco.” “Said polk. “There was a lot of interest, but no one came here except me. It was a real learning experience to get people to know me and to know what people wanted to know before they went out.” With this in mind, polk is committed to establishing relationship with outdoor African community in the gulf, her second – in Auckland mountain ecological hiking trip, subsequent barbecue – a success.

Other volunteers in West Virginia are brand new, such as Tamara Johnson. She is a wildlife biologist who will become an outdoor African-American leader in the Atlanta area. Johnson posted information about the training through Facebook and decided to apply. For her, this is an emotional experience, is a passionate outdoor enthusiasts around other opportunities, and to have the opportunity to help more African americans in most feel at home in the space is considered to be white.

“I was thinking about how to say that without speaking,” Johnson said. She noted that decades of activism and organization have brought historic results to the civil rights movement, but few appreciated the potential of those efforts in the struggle. Johnson wanted to have the same revolutionary impact, but at another stage. “It wasn’t the civil rights movement until we saw it. Fifteen years from now, we can say it all started here.

For many African americans, especially the older generation of African americans, there is concern about security outside. When Autumn saxon-ross grew up outside Washington, d.c., to lead outdoor African-American activities, her grandmother used to take her to the watermelon mountain in Swope park in Kansas city. It was the only place in the park where negroes were allowed to visit before they were desegregated. Given this history, Saxton even in the 1980 s – Ross’s grandmother isolation ends after a long time also won’t took her to the other parts of the park and because of concerns about bad things will happen.

This unease has led to the “white” concept of outdoor recreation, which is often passed on to the younger generation. But “black people don’t do nature” stereotypes are not accurate, saxon-ross said. Even if they don’t realize it, African americans are connected to the outdoors most of their lives, from fishing holes to backyard barbecues. For many outdoor African-American volunteers, their favorite outdoor space is their grandparents’ backyard. “It’s important to remember that nature is really an outdoor activity,” saxon-ross said. “It’s not just big space like Yosemite.”

Encourage outdoor black leaders to reinforce this link by sharing the black historical stories of nature during each visit. Marp was referring to the demonstrators in Selma, who were “hikers”. The abolitionist and hero of the underground railroad, Harriet tubman, was remembered as a naturalist who knew about waterways, astronomy, herbs and geography. This understanding helped her move the enslaved africans from the south to the north. George Washington carver was known more than a century ago as a scientist of sustainable agricultural practices.

For Rue Mapp, let people enjoy the fresh air outside is connect the people to a big outdoor space of the first and most important step, and help them to realize that these places are actually provided to be all things to all people.

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