Rue Mapp is a true force of nature. The activist, nature-lover and mom of three founded Outdoor Afro as a blog in 2009 and has since grown it to become the nation’s leading nonprofit network that encourages African-American leadership in nature. With nearly 80 leaders in 30 states around the country, the organization has connected thousands of people to outdoor experiences, changing the conversation around who plays outside. Diversity in the outdoors is a hot topic these days and Rue’s voice is a valued leader in the conversation.
Outdoor Afro started as something small and personal to Rue, but has grown and become incredibly influential in the outdoor arena. Rue has been invited to the White House to participate in the America’s Great Outdoors Conference and was part of a think tank for Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative. In 2014, she was appointed to the California State Parks Commission by California Governor Jerry Brown, and her work has been featured everywhere from the Wall Street Journal and NPR, to Sunset and Ebony Magazines.
Rue’s wild idea: To start a movement that celebrates diversity, and helps gets more people outside and connected in nature.
Rue’s ability to connect and empower communities from across all cultures is inspiring and has made her a sought-after speaker. We talk about diversity in the outdoors and who is doing it well (you might be surprised), how nature doesn’t discriminate and the power of joy, humor and relationships in your life.
Listen to this episode if:
- You are trying to create or grow a community.
- You want to see more diversity in the outdoors.
- You want to know which companies are showcasing diversity well.
- You are looking for inspiration to do something meaningful with your life.