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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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The Sanctified Church

The Sanctified Church

How Sweet It Is

(p.116) Chapter Six The Sanctified Church
Black Faces, White Spaces

Carolyn Finney

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the role of fear in shaping the environmental perspectives and practices of African Americans. It employs the work of Joy DeGruy Leary to examine how the legacy of oppression and violence against black people in forests and other green spaces can translate into contemporary understandings that constrain African American environmental interactions. The chapter considers the role of resilience and agency by exploring how African Americans are engaging “green” in their communities (i.e., the green economy) and the ways in which creativity is being leveraged by individuals and communities in service of livelihood needs. It also looks at the implications for our future—the consequences of engaging or not engaging a broader constituency in the climate change debate and the role of the “new” voices in the regeneration of our communities.

Keywords:   fear, African Americans, environmental interactions, Joy DeGruy Leary

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