Black History Month - Dr. Ayana Johnson

Black History Month - Dr. Ayana Johnson

February 22, 2024

🌊 Spotlight on Dr. Ayana Johnson: Leading the Charge for Ocean Conservation

In our newsletter this month, we're thrilled to highlight Dr. Ayana Johnson, the visionary founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv. Dr. Johnson's tireless efforts to protect our oceans and coastal communities have been nothing short of inspirational. Through Ocean Collectiv, she is pioneering innovative solutions to tackle the complex challenges facing our marine ecosystems. Join us in celebrating Dr. Johnson's incredible work and her dedication to creating a more sustainable future for our oceans and all who depend on them. #OceanConservation #Sustainability 🐠🌎

Check out the Ocean Collectiv website here:

https://www.oceancollectiv.co/

Before there was Dr. Ayana Johnson, there was....

Hattie Carthan


1900 - 1984

 

🌳 Hattie Carthan, a prominent figure in the environmental justice movement, was a community activist and conservationist based in Brooklyn, New York. Born in 1900, Carthan dedicated her life to improving the quality of life in her Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. In the 1960s, she became alarmed by the widespread destruction of trees in her community due to urban development and initiated a grassroots campaign to preserve and plant trees. 

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Carthan's efforts led to the establishment of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Beautification Committee, which later evolved into the Hattie Carthan Community Garden. This garden became a symbol of community empowerment and environmental stewardship, serving as a gathering place for residents to grow fresh produce, connect with nature, and participate in educational workshops.

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Beyond her work in conservation, Carthan was also a civil rights activist, advocating for racial equality and social justice. Her legacy continues to inspire environmental activists and community organizers to this day, reminding us of the importance of grassroots initiatives in creating positive change for both people and the planet. 🌳




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