Because of growing civil unrest , I joined a coalition of fellow park enthusiasts. Our group brainstormed ideas about how we could use our combined platforms to help. We’ve previously written about the barriers many BIPOC communities face when it comes to outdoor recreation. Statistics show that Black Americans make up only 7% of national park visitors (some studies show that it’s as low as 1%) while making up 13% of the U.S. population.
Each month, our group intends to spotlight a relevant organization. These organizations are working to bridge the gap between outdoor spaces and underrepresented communities. Past features include:
- August: Black in National Parks Week
- September: Soul Trak
- October: Charles Roundtree
- November: Youth Opportunities Program
- December: Black Kids Adventures
- January: The Memorial Foundation
- February: Syatt
We’re featuring Love Is King during the month of March. Learn more about them below and please consider making a donation to support their ongoing efforts to make the outdoors more inclusive.
About Love Is King►
Love Is King is a brand new non-profit founded by Chad Brown. LIK began by recognizing and responding to the lack of safe and equal access to the outdoors for BIPOC communities. LIK is on a mission to create a movement where people of all backgrounds can come together collectively to ensure safe and equal access to the outdoors for everyone.
We realize race and income are significant factors in blocking easy and safe access to the outdoors. We also realize that representation of people of color really matters. We will ensure people of color’s stories, image, experiences, history, culture and leadership are valued and represented. It’s our obligation to inspire new conversations, new points of view and shift perceptions that help to guarantee freedom to roam in nature for all people of color.Love Is King
Love Is King presented their inaugural Heritage Event last weekend in Oregon. Dr. Mamie Parker, the first Black Woman Assistant Director of the US Fish & Wildlife Service, shared her story and wisdom with the group. The group’s founder was also featured in a recent Elevation Outdoors article.