NPCA's Park Advocate » African-American history http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:10:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Reflecting on Selma, 50 Years Later http://parkadvocate.org/reflecting-on-selma-50-years-later/ http://parkadvocate.org/reflecting-on-selma-50-years-later/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:39:31 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7879 On March 7, 1965, courage and villainy collided on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, when John Lewis and more than 500 other peaceful protesters marched for their constitutional right to vote. Almost 50 years ago, these demonstrators began forging a trail toward Montgomery that is now memorialized as a national park site—the Selma […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/reflecting-on-selma-50-years-later/feed/ 2 FAQ: New National Monument at Pullman Shines a Spotlight on Community Spirit and Our Shared Heritage http://parkadvocate.org/faq-new-national-monument-at-pullman-shines-a-spotlight-on-community-spirit-and-our-shared-heritage/ http://parkadvocate.org/faq-new-national-monument-at-pullman-shines-a-spotlight-on-community-spirit-and-our-shared-heritage/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:29:00 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7818 Earlier today, President Obama stood in front of hundreds of community advocates in Chicago and declared Pullman a national monument. This long-awaited event is the result of years of work by NPCA and so many people that care about this place’s significant contributions to our shared history, from the U.S. labor movement to Civil Rights. […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/faq-new-national-monument-at-pullman-shines-a-spotlight-on-community-spirit-and-our-shared-heritage/feed/ 1 A Little-Known Piece of History Reclaimed http://parkadvocate.org/a-little-known-piece-of-history-reclaimed/ http://parkadvocate.org/a-little-known-piece-of-history-reclaimed/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:02:44 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7329 Many Americans will recognize this coming Monday, October 13, as a holiday honoring Christopher Columbus. Thanks to NPCA supporters, the citizens of Florida will also take this day to recognize an unsung hero who made one of our national parks possible: Lancelot Jones. Few people know the amazing story of Lancelot Jones and his role […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/a-little-known-piece-of-history-reclaimed/feed/ 0 Fifty Years Later: Wilderness & Civil Rights in the Same Breath http://parkadvocate.org/fifty-years-later-wilderness-civil-rights-in-the-same-breath/ http://parkadvocate.org/fifty-years-later-wilderness-civil-rights-in-the-same-breath/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:49:11 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6874 Fifty years ago this summer, the 88th Congress passed the Civil Rights Act and the Wilderness Act, two landmark pieces of legislation that most Americans rarely consider in the same breath. Yet we’d all do well to, if we are to understand our society. Ending Jim Crow segregation and protecting wild land have more to […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/fifty-years-later-wilderness-civil-rights-in-the-same-breath/feed/ 2 “100% Community-Driven” http://parkadvocate.org/100-community-driven-a-qa-with-teresa-baker-founder-of-the-african-american-national-parks-event/ http://parkadvocate.org/100-community-driven-a-qa-with-teresa-baker-founder-of-the-african-american-national-parks-event/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:19:53 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5867 California outdoorswoman Teresa Baker doesn’t just love national parks. She encourages thousands of people around the country to love them, too. For two years, she has been the driving force behind a series of successful events encouraging people of color to spend a weekend exploring nature and history. Teresa’s project, the African American National Parks […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/100-community-driven-a-qa-with-teresa-baker-founder-of-the-african-american-national-parks-event/feed/ 0 Youth Push for Pullman on Capitol Hill http://parkadvocate.org/youth-push-for-pullman-on-capitol-hill/ http://parkadvocate.org/youth-push-for-pullman-on-capitol-hill/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 15:00:38 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5669 Earlier this month, NPCA and its supporters met with members of Congress to discuss creating Chicago’s first national park in the Pullman Historic District, the first model industrial town where the famous Pullman sleeper train cars were manufactured. This group included an important constituent group that NPCA is excited to see advocating for national parks—Millennials. Carina […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/youth-push-for-pullman-on-capitol-hill/feed/ 0 This Month’s Featured National Heritage Area: Lunar-Like Landscapes and Inspiring History Await at Arabia Mountain http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-featured-national-heritage-area-lunar-like-landscapes-and-inspiring-history-await-at-arabia-mountain/ http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-featured-national-heritage-area-lunar-like-landscapes-and-inspiring-history-await-at-arabia-mountain/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:54:57 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4948 Creating the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (AMNHA) took some time—about 400 million years, give or take. Nature, history, and culture converge in this remarkable part of Georgia to create a landscape found nowhere else. The AMNHA features geological oddities known as monadnocks, a small historic town built out of granite, an active Trappist monastery, […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-featured-national-heritage-area-lunar-like-landscapes-and-inspiring-history-await-at-arabia-mountain/feed/ 0 Commemorate Black History Month in 5 Unexpected Places http://parkadvocate.org/5-unexpected-places-to-learn-about-african-american-history-in-the-national-park-system/ http://parkadvocate.org/5-unexpected-places-to-learn-about-african-american-history-in-the-national-park-system/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:16:39 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4799 National park rangers and staff are some of the nation’s best storytellers, charged with protecting the most momentous places in America’s history. Our park system preserves the legacy of visionaries like Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, and Booker T. Washington, as well as landmark sites in the struggle for equality like the Brown v. […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/5-unexpected-places-to-learn-about-african-american-history-in-the-national-park-system/feed/ 0 One Step Closer to Chicago’s First National Park http://parkadvocate.org/one-step-closer-to-chicagos-first-national-park/ http://parkadvocate.org/one-step-closer-to-chicagos-first-national-park/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:26:31 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4634 Today, just days after the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, Congress is one step closer to preserving a Chicago site rich with Civil Rights and labor rights history by introducing legislation that would name the historic Pullman neighborhood as the city’s first national park. The Pullman Company was home to the Brotherhood of Sleeping […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/one-step-closer-to-chicagos-first-national-park/feed/ 0 Saving a Piece of History at Harpers Ferry http://parkadvocate.org/saving-a-piece-of-history-at-harpers-ferry-partners-protect-four-threatened-acres/ http://parkadvocate.org/saving-a-piece-of-history-at-harpers-ferry-partners-protect-four-threatened-acres/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:55:02 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4508 Today, NPCA and our partners announced an exciting milestone at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia. We helped purchase four acres of private land significant to the park’s Civil War and civil rights history so that these parcels can be incorporated into the national park and preserved forever. Protecting this modest acreage from […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/saving-a-piece-of-history-at-harpers-ferry-partners-protect-four-threatened-acres/feed/ 0