Earthly Delights: History, Race and Environmental Consciousness

11 May 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
California African American Museum

Camille T. Dungy brought national attention to the richness of African American environmental poetry as the editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry in 2009. In Dungy’s new book, SOIL: The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden, the award-winning poet explores how gardening can be inseparable from questions of family, history, race, nation, and power. Dungy will read from SOIL and discuss the interconnections between literature, environmental action, history, and culture with Leah Thomas, author of The Intersectional Environmentalist: How to Dismantle Systems of Oppression to Protect People + Planet, and founder of the non-profit Intersectional Environmentalist, a climate justice collective radically imagining a more equitable and diverse future of environmentalism. This program is co-presented with the California African American Museum and Reparations Club.

Leah Thomas
Camille T. Dungy

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