Last night in Baltimore, MD at Towson University I watched Majora Carter speak about her success, progression and determination to “Green the Ghetto” in the South Bronx where she grew up. It was amazing and very empowering.
She founded Sustainable South Bronx, a non profit organization that created green collar jobs, urban roof projects , and urban farms while fighting for environmental justice. Ms. Carter took a $10,000 grant and turned it into a $3 million investment, creating the first waterfront park in that part of the Bronx in 60 years.
Her grassroots environmental justice movement has garnered her a number of awards such as the Mac Arther Foundation “genius” award 2005. Honorary PhD from York College/CUNY, The New School University, and Mercy College, the 2007 Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Humanitarian Service, 2006 Environmental Advocate of of the Year Award, and 1999 Environmental Quality Award just to name a few.
She started her own economic consulting firm the Majora Carter Group. She is also a host of Peabody Award winning radio show The Promise Land. She’s Pretty AWESOME!!