03 Feb Celebrating Black History Month
Dr. Mildred McClain co-founded and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Harambee House/Citizens For Environmental Justice, a community-based organization whose mission is to build the capacity of communities to solve their problems and to engage in positive growth and development. The organization was created in 1990; is located in Savannah, GA; and serves communities at the local, state, regional, national and international levels. Dr. McClain has been a human rights activists and teacher for over 40 years. She created major partnerships with the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Centers for Disease Control and many community base organizations, with the goals of addressing public health and environmental justice issues and concerns.
Under Dr. McClain’s leadership for the past 20 years the Black Youth Leadership Development Institute has trained over 1500 young people to serve as leaders in their communities. The goal of the work is to develop the capacity of our community to create lifestyles that promote health, wellness and environmental sustainability through community gardens, health fairs, testing children for lead poison, and soil testing in contaminated communities.