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February 17, 2009

Honoring Black History Month: African-Americans Provide Green Leadership

Black History Month In honor of Black History Month, this week we’ll be sharing excerpts of the new book Blacks Living Green: Small Smart Steps, written by Dr. Sharon T. Freeman with a foreword by Carl Pope, the Sierra Club’s executive director.

“Environmental engagement is not part of the media frame about the African-American community (or that of the Hispanic-American or Asian-American community for that matter). It doesn’t matter that the most solidly environmental block in the Congress has been, for twenty years, the Black Caucus.

Jesse Jackson, Sr.’s powerful environmental platform has been simply forgotten. It doesn’t matter that African-American mayors like Los Angeles’s Tom Bradley, or county officials like King County, Washington’s Ron Simms have been providing environmental leadership for decades.

Nor can the media actually absorb polling results that have shown for years that the African-American population is more concerned about pollution than the Euro-American community – understandably, since they suffer from more of it. Similarly, African Americans are more excited about solar power, more skeptical of corporate greenscamming, and more convinced that good jobs are clean jobs than anyone else in America."

-- From Carl Pope's foreword

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