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Toward Black Environmental Imaginations
The prevailing misconception is that African American individuals simply do not have an innate connection to or interest in the natural world, resulting in a myth of Black environmental apathy. Black writers like W.E. B. Du Bois were quite forward-thinking and were “green” before it was fashionable. They were critical of industrialization and advocated an anti-dominion relationship with the natural world that positioned human beings as stewards, not owners of the earth. They were far from apathetic; rather, they viewed environmentalism as an urgent moral imperative, one that was inextricably linked to racial equality. This talk will discuss how such individuals as Du Bois had deep, intimate connections with the natural world, pointing to a rich legacy of Black environmental thought. Their meditations serve as evidence that a Black environmental imagination exists and invites further study into how Black writers theorize the natural world.

Oct 21, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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