Outdoors While Black: Unpacking History, Reframing Safety, & Taking Action


Outdoors While Black: Unpacking History, Reframing Safety, & Taking Action


Co-presented by One Earth Film Festival and Environmentalists of Color

FILM DESCRIPTIONS: “This Land” is a short film that tells the story of land access told through a journey of inclusion and empowerment. Runner and filmmaker Faith E. Briggs used to run through the streets of Brooklyn every morning. Now, she’s running 150 miles through three U.S. National Monuments that lay in the thick of the controversy around public lands.

Wildlife ecology professor and birder J. Drew Lanham has written “Nine Rules for the Black Birdwatcher,” “Birding While Black,” and The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature. He will be featured in short films, including “Behind the Binoculars,” which shows his care for what’s behind the binoculars (the people) as well as what’s in front of them (the birds).

Stay for thought-provoking post-film discussion to unpack history, reframe safety and learn about opportunities for action with filmmaker Faith Briggs, film subject Drew Lanham, and Chicago-area environmentalists of color:

  • Olatunji Oboi Reed is the President & CEO of The Equiticity Racial Equity Movement. He is a racial equity tactician, working at the intersection of community, culture, and health.
  • Candace Clark: Kandeaux the Farm Plug is a regenerative practitioner, pursuing a PhD in Integrative Development and Public Policy.
  • Facilitator: Kyra Woods (she/her) works with the Sierra Club Illinois Chapter as the Ready for 100 Chicago campaign coordinator. She believes that Chicago’s monumental commitment can lead to significant economic, health, and environmental benefits for residents if steeped in the values of racial equity, justice, and community leadership.