This chapter explores how the paucity of visual and textual representation of African Americans in popular media, the National Parks, and environmental education perpetuates their invisibility in conversations about environmental management. It presents a brief look at the history of black representation in the popular media, including television, magazines, and film, and examines the National Park Service to explore how African Americans have been represented in park brochures and interpretive exhibits. The chapter provides evidence that African American concerns and interests in relation to the environment have not been articulated, invited, or understood by the context of the mainstream environmental movement and natural resource management. Finally, it addresses the ways black identity is narrowly defined or poorly articulated and often results in limited interest and participation by African Americans in work projects having to do with the environment.
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