I was about nine years old and my mom and I moved to Virginia from Philadelphia earlier that year. It was like a foreign world to me. I traded in my bustling city streets for open spaces and loud sounding bugs I couldn’t identify.
The Wilderness Society commends the Obama Administration for making history today with the establishment of the Stonewall National Monument in New York City. The legacy of Stonewall Inn and nearby Christopher Park is a part of the push for human and civil rights in the United States.
For example, 50% of Latinos and 46% of Asians who responded to the poll said they personally worry a great deal about global warming, compared with 27% of whites. Two-thirds of Latinos and 51% of Asians polled said they worry a great deal about air pollution, compared with 31% of whites.
On Friday, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” devoted the full hour to a segment that was taped at Yosemite in response to Mr. Johnson’s appeal. Part 2 of the episode is to be broadcast on Wednesday.
The visitors issue is a pressing one for the National Park Service, which is expanding its efforts to diversify both its guests and its work force as the agency prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2016.
In 1995, Frank and Audrey Peterman, an adventurous middle-aged couple in Broward, Fla., piled into their trusty Ford F-150 pick-up and drove across America to visit the natural wonders they had never seen — the Badlands, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon. In eight weeks, they drove 12,000 miles through 40 states and visited 12 national parks.
Johnson, a musician, storyteller and interpretive specialist at Yosemite National Park, is determined to inspire young inner-city African Americans to experience what he says transformed his life. Less than 1 percent of the visitors to Yosemite are African American, a number he's eager to improve.