2020 Taking Nature Black Agenda

Sunrise Meditation and Walk in the Woods at Woodend Sanctuary

6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.


Sunrise Meditation and Walk in the Woods at Woodend Sanctuary

Welcome - Drummer and Song Opening

8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.


Welcome - Drummer and Song Opening


Climate Change: Politics, Policies, and Promising Solutions

8:55 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.


Climate Change: Politics, Policies, and Promising Solutions

African American communities face some of the most damaging and lasting effects of climate change. This panel includes some of the brightest minds in the United States working on climate action. Learn about and get motivated by what African American professionals and activists are doing to promote sustainability locally and nationally and how they are working as, and with, communities of color to promote equity and sustainability locally and nationally. These environmental warriors will share how they are working to overcome long-standing obstacles including racial, environmental and economic injustice. Find out they are building coalitions, challenging policy makers, and developing grassroots strategies to build support and momentum for environmental reform.


Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali
Vice President of Environmental Justice,
Climate, and Community Revitalization
National Wildlife Federation

Brandi Colander
The Raben Group

Dr. Charles Glass
Deputy Secretary
Maryland Department of Resources

Dawone Robinson
Eastern Regional Director for Energy Affordability
Natural Resources Defense Council

BeKura Shabazz Branch
Founder & President
First Alliance Consulting Group, LLC

Tamara Toles O'Laughlin
North American Director


Green Careers Carving the Path to Environmental Justice and Economic Sustainability

10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.


Green Careers Carving the Path to Environmental Justice and Economic Sustainability

African Americans have been leaders and innovators in the environmental space ever since we stepped on these shores. That legacy continues. This panel will explore what African Americans are doing on the cutting edge of environmental careers – in renewable energy, climate change mitigation, urban forestry, farming and landscape design - and how we are carving pathways to environmental justice and economic sustainability.


Sarah Anderson
Senior Manager of Tree Equity
American Forests

Larry Glover
Senior Partner
Breakthrough Marketing Technology

Symone Johnson
Education Program Manager
National Aquarium

Akiima Price
Akiima Price Consulting

Ronnie Webb
President & Founder
The Green Scheme


10:50 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.




Environmental Champions

11:15 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.


Presentation of 2020 Taking Nature Black Environmental Champions Awards


Playing and Progressing and Pioneering in the Great Outdoors

11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Environmental Joy: Playing and Progressing and Pioneering in the Great Outdoors

It has been said that life is an adventure, or nothing. This panel features the adventures of hikers, bikers, gardeners, farmers, and international agriculturalists who will share some of the compelling ways that African Americans are playing, progressing, and pioneering in the great outdoors.



David Girton
Fitness Expert & Coach
LiveNow Fitness

Violet King
Farm Manager, Educator & Herbalist
Dreaming Out Loud, Inc.

Esther Mitchell
Master Gardener Coordinator
University of Maryland Extension

Cedric Nwafor and Mandela Jones
ROOTS Africa

Falecia Stuckey
Executive Board Member
Velo City Cycle Club



12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.




Music and Poetry

1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.


Word to Our Mother: Music and Poetry by African-Americans about the Love and Legacy of Nature


Greening Black and Brown Communities Now

1:55 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.


Greening Black and Brown Communities Now

Greening cities and local communities can be expensive. Small urban and rural Black communities often face the greatest challenges, including the often lopsided competition for tax revenues, grants, cost shares, and how to maintain robust economies within their boundaries. In the face of sometimes seemingly insurmountable obstacles, these panelists will share the tools, strategies, and innovations they use to turn Black communities green.



Robert Carpenter
Park Steward
Ward 8 Woods Conservancy

James D. Crudup, Sr.
Town of Eagle Harbor, MD

David Harrington
President & CEO
Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce

Jacqueline Goodall
Maryland Black Mayors, Inc.

Rocio Treminio-Lopez
Town of Brentwood, MD


Green Careers Carving the Path to Environmental Justice and Economic Sustainability

2:45 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.


Youth in Action: Recreation, Education, and Revolution for a More Sustainable Planet

Young people are on the front lines of environmentalism in ways it appears we haven’t seen since the beginning of Earth Day, 50 years ago this year. In the DC metro area, young people and youth program leaders are fighting, framing, and forging new realities for a sustainable planet. Prepare to be inspired as these panelists share how they're doing it.



Bennetta Adeeb
President & Founder

Brodrick Clarke
Youth Development Facilitator

Kameron Feggins
Morgan State University

Jerome Foster, II
One Million of Us


3:35 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.




The Legacy and Immediacy of Black Land Tenure: Restoring Land Equity in the African American Community

4:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Super Natural: Building tenure, wealth, and equity on land owned by African Americans

This panel features the expertise of farmers and landowners who are precious, rare, and enterprising; women who are farming on Harriet Tubman Ancestral lands, an 11th generation family farmer, and a new urban farmer driven by love and dedication to community. Facing situations that constantly challenge their ingenuity, creativity, and financial resources, these landowners will share the strategies, innovations, and collaborations they use to build up tenure, wealth, and equity on land owned by African Americans.


Xavier Brown
Soilful City

Michael Carter, Jr.
Carter Farms

Donna Dear and Paulette Greene
Harriet Tubman Ancestral Lands

Fred Tutman
Riverkeeper & CEO
Patuxent Riverkeeper