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10 Notable African Americans Fighting for the Environment

In celebration of February as Black History Month, we’d like to honor the remarkable African American thought leaders, innovators, pioneers, and activists fighting for justice for the environment, its people, and their food. While this list is in no way exhaustive, it does illustrate the sheer impressiveness of the work of those making real and lasting change in their communities.

Will Allen


Years after growing up on a small farm in Maryland, Will Allen founded Growing Power Inc. He is recognized as one of the preeminent thinkers on agriculture and food policy and is a leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. Allen promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable, and nutritious foods. Using methods he has developed over a lifetime, Allen specializes in bringing healthy food to underserved communities using a unique growing system he developed himself.

Michael Twitty