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Black Faces, White SpacesReimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors$
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Carolyn Finney

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469614489

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469614489.001.0001

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Black Faces

Black Faces

(p.67) Chapter Four Black Faces
Black Faces, White Spaces

Carolyn Finney

University of North Carolina Press

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.

Keywords:   African Americans, popular media, national parks, environmental education, National Park Service, black representation, environmental management

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