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Creating a New Narrative of People and Nature | Rue Mapp | TEDxYosemite

Author(s): TEDx Talks
Video Release Date: February 22, 2016
Video Source: YouTube

In the wake of the national upheaval of Ferguson and other race-related incidents, Rue Mapp sought refuge in the wilderness and public lands, places not traditionally associated with African American groups. Mapp’s organization Outdoor Afro is bringing back the idea that our public spaces can be centers of healing for all people despite the cultural barriers that have existed in the past. Rue Mapp is the Founder of Outdoor Afro, a social community reconnecting African Americans with natural spaces through outdoor recreational activities. Through Outdoor Afro, Mapp shares opportunities to build a broader community and leadership in nature. Her important work has generated widespread national recognition and support. Originally beginning in 2009 as a blog, Rue has since captured the attention and imagination of millions through a multi-media approach, grounded in personal connections and community organizing. From its grassroots beginning, now Outdoor Afro enjoys national sponsorship and is recognized by major organizations for the importance of diversity in the outdoors, Mapp’s work has been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Backpacker Magazine, Ebony Magazine and Sunset Magazine and many others.

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