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Naomi Davis, presenting the Earth Year Lecture "Blacks in Green: The Principles of Village-Green-Building"

"Blacks in Green: The Principles of Village-Green-Building"

Earth Year Lecture
by Naomi Davis
September 30, 2009

Environmental activist, Naomi Davis' vision of the emerging green economy of mixed-income micro-villages in black communities have caught the attention of the City of Chicago and Great Lakes area planning groups, which can help make her vision a reality. Davis has founded Blacks in Green (BIG) to promote that vision of making an oasis right where we live.

On September 30 at 7 p.m., Davis presented her ideas in the lecture "Blacks in Green: The Principles of Village-Green-Building" at LSTC. The free lecture was part of Earth Year at LSTC, a year-long focus on care of creation including sustainability, environmental justice, congregational activism on behalf of the earth, and theological themes related to creation.

Listen to the introduction by LSTC doctoral student Elonda Clay, the lecture, and follow up questions and answers below.


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2) Lecture by Naomi Davis.
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3) Follow up Q and A with Naomi Davis.
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About the speaker

Naomi Davis is founder and president of BIG: Blacks in Green. As an attorney, entrepreneur, activist and granddaughter of Mississippi sharecroppers, she serves as a bridge between communities and developers in the design and construction of neighborhoods that foster business opportunity, civic activism, and healthy lifestyle. Ms. Davis is a Green For All Fellow and serves on the Steering Committee of the Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative, GreenFestival Host Committee, City of Chicago Green Task Force, the editorial board for Environmental Justice Magazine, and the board of Climate Justice Chicago. She is the author of "The 8 Principles of Green-Village-Building," and received Lt. Governor Pat Quinn's 2007 Environmental Hero Award, the 2008 Chicago Magazine Green Award, and the 2009 Jewel-Osco Environmental Stewardship Award.

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