As an African American, I have loved nature throughout my life. My family first introduced me to nature in many ways. As a child, I went to Jamaica to spend time with my grandparents and other relatives staying on farms and playing by the ocean. My parents often took my brother and me to a cabin in the woods in upstate New York as children. I had complete freedom roaming the woods, crawling into caves, fishing on the pier, and rowing on the lake.
Much of my love of nature has translated professionally and vocationally. I have a Ph.D. in United States social history with an emphasis on African American and environmental history. Later, I taught at Morehouse College, Tulane University, and Loyola Marymount University, incorporating my expertise concerning the African Diaspora and the environment into my classes.
I recently completed my M.Div. in Faith, Health, and Science at Emory University, which allowed me to expand my expertise on the environment and religion. I am currently a