24 Feb Celebrating Black History Month and Nature
Rue Mapp is founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, a nonprofit organization and social community reconnecting African Americans with natural spaces through outdoor recreational activities. She oversees a volunteer leadership team of 80 men and women who represent 30 of the United States. (source)
She began Outdoor Afro because she saw a need for her community to have a deeper connection to nature. She oversees a highly-trained national volunteer leadership team who share opportunities to build a broader community, and promote leadership in conservation. Outdoor Afro has become a cutting-edge network in the U.S. that helps people connect to black history found in many natural areas, while inspiring communities to protect vulnerable public lands for everyone. (source)
Mapp has been recognized with numerous awards and distinctions: The Root 100 for being one of the most influential African Americans in the country (2012 and 2016), 2013 Outdoor Industry Inspiration Award, 2014 National Wildlife Federation Communication Award (received alongside President Bill Clinton), and in May 2015, Family Circle magazine selected her as one of America’s 20 Most Influential Moms.