Green Visions: "I decided I belong wherever I choose to be"

Jun 24, 2020

Dudley Edmonson
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  "Every single morning that people of color get up, they have to factor into their day's activities, 'What are white people going to think of the things that I'm going to be doing today?'  I have to think about what I'm doing to do.  And white people never have to think about what people of color are going to think of their activities. They never have to consider us when they get up in the morning. But we do. Every single day."

We're proud of living in a community that's the envy of everyone who loves the outdoors.

We're proud of our parks and our green spaces and our trails, and all the things that make the Northland a great place to hunt, fish, swim, bike, hike or just sit somewhere and take in the view.

But there is a segment of Duluthians who don't even want to try these activities.  Some have never been past Lake Street. And it's not because they they're worried about or afraid of nature; the only nature that's keeping them home is human nature.

And that's where Dudley Edmonson steps in to lend a hand.

You can find out more about Dudley Edmondson,  his environmental education work, and his book Black & Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places on his website.